Ontario was not ready for the surge in COVID-19 testing, although it was entirely predictable

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On her third attempt, at a Toronto-area hospital from which she had been turned away the day before, Desveaux arrived in the morning to find a line that was already stretching out of sight. “You could see the front door because it had wrapped around (the block),” she says. “I was like, it’s crazy. What happens when it gets colder? ”

Desveaux, who works in the healthcare industry herself, had nothing but praise for the staff she dealt with. “They are just overwhelmed,” she said. The question is: why don’t they have more resources?

People line up at a COVID assessment center during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday, September 18, 2020. Photo by Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press

the National Post asked the office of Health Minister Christine Elliott why the province was not better prepared for this wave. Anna Miller, a spokesperson for Ontario Health, responded in a statement that the ministry is considering allowing pharmacies to perform certain COVID tests and is considering new, faster testing technology. The province is also adding instant testing centers and increasing the number of hours at some existing sites in the most affected areas of the province, including Toronto, Peel and Ottawa.

“As the ministry continues its broad capacity planning efforts in the fall, the testing strategy will also evolve to ensure that testing continues to be available to those who need it most,” a- she declared.

Experts, however, say all of this should have happened months ago. “Why don’t we have a capacity of one hundred thousand (tests) per day?” Morris said. “For me, it’s mind-blowing.”

For now, Bogoch and others believe that until the situation improves significantly, the message needs to be clarified: if you don’t have symptoms of COVID or known exposure, you shouldn’t. undergo a test.

“In a perfect world with endless resources, it would be great to provide testing for everyone on a regular basis,” Bogoch said. But it’s not a perfect world. It’s just Ontario.

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