Ontario Leading The Way In COVID-19 Testing

Henrietta Strickland
May 6, 2020

"I'll tell you right now I'm disappointed in the medical officers in certain regions". "Do I think it is an injustice that the seasonal property owners that would follow the rules and bring their groceries with them are being affected by this?"

(In that case) other provinces want to know: 'Do you have things to control in Ontario?

In the previous 24 hours, 10,654 tests were completed.

Ford touted this progress at Monday's news conference, saying "these gains are significant".

"We'll get out of this hopefully sooner than later, and we're doing everything we can as a province to make sure that happens". At the time, Ford said the province had the capacity to conduct more tests and that there were no excuses for why that number couldn't be higher. Thanks to your incredible team and health care professionals we beat that target.

A fourth health-care worker in Ontario has died of COVID-19.

In the provincial briefing on the state of COVID-19 in Ontario on Tuesday, May 5, the premier discussed the province's rate of testing.

"This goes back to my conversation about after this is over we need to review it and start looking at the Alberta model", he said. "It's a lot easier to have one person in control than 34 people in control".

The government said it had conducted a review of the province's public health units and believed their structure did not allow for consistent service delivery.

His comments come after CTV News Toronto obtained a memo that Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams sent to his counterparts over the weekend.

"We rapidly increased testing in our long-term care homes".

There are more than 20 agencies that are part of a province-wide testing network to increase testing and contract tracing, including local health units, Public Health Ontario, hospitals, and community laboratories. Ford said, his voice rising.

"If they're not pulling up their socks in that sense, we will talk to them and ask them to do just that", he said. We'll see what Ford has to say today.

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