People wait in line for COVID-19 tests at Toronto hospitals


If you’re looking to take a COVID-19 test in Toronto, be prepared to stand in line for hours.People are now sharing photos and videos of the long lines outside hospitals and testing centers across the city, including Toronto Western Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Women’s College Hospital and others.

While some people have pointed out that long queues are inevitable as a second wave of the virus approaches, others are shocked that the wait time has been three to four hours.

People even posted pictures of queues spanning multiple blocks.

For many residents, these lines have created health and safety concerns, not only for having to be with other people potentially with COVID-19, but also because there appears to be little physical distance.

“I stood in line for 2 hours this afternoon for a Covid-19 test, if I didn’t have Covid before probably now,” one person tweeted.

Valeriia, a resident of Toronto, has attempted to take a COVID-19 test for two consecutive days with her husband and small child. On Monday, she tried to drive to the COVID-19 test center in Etobicoke around 4 p.m. but was told they were at full capacity. She then went to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

“The queue was probably over a hundred people, so it wrapped around the hospital building on the other side towards the Queensway. That’s how long it lasted, ”said Valeriia, who asked to use only her first name, told blogTO.

As a result, she and her family returned home and decided to try their luck again on Tuesday. However, things were no better.

“We decided to come back in the morning to the Etobicoke drive-thru. We arrived at 7:58 am and there were already over a hundred cars in front of us, ”she said, adding that the center opened at 8 am.

“The first car entered the tent at 8:40 am, so it was very interesting. “

In response to these “ridiculous” queues, Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday that residents of Ontario may soon be able to get tested at local pharmacies. It also prompted Mayor John Tory to request extended hours at assessment centers.

“The good news here is that people are going to be tested. If they have any concerns, if they have symptoms, if they feel they’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19, we want them tested. But they also deserve to be tested in a timely manner and we know there are long lines in many parts of Ontario, ”Health Minister Christine Elliott told reporters on Tuesday.

Ontario currently has over 45,000 cases of COVID-19, while Toronto has over 16,000.


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