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Kaiser acknowledged the complaints about wait times of several hours and queues of several blocks at the Hôtel-Dieu.
“We have had feedback on the queues and we are very aware of it,” he said.
Kaiser assured the public that the healthcare network is working hard to increase its testing capacity and reduce delays.
“Be patient,” he urged the audience. “Your desire to take a test is important to us. ”
The increase in positive test results is a red flag that the transmission of the virus is increasing since the government reopened bars, restaurants, hairdressers and shopping malls, said Kaiser.
In the past month, the rate of positive results for the COVID-19 test in Montreal had dropped to 1% or less, he said. But now 3% of the tests are positive – an indication that community transmission is increasing again, he added.