But now that the second wave is upon us, the number of infections is accelerating, more and more people are flocking to be tested and laboratories are seeing huge backlogs.
A friend stood in line for a Covid test in Toronto today and waited 6.5 hours. If this is how we handle the sunny days, the blizzard season, we are doomed.
– Andrew John Virtue Dobson (@dobbernation) September 26, 2020
As of October 1, only 37% of Toronto’s COVID-19 test results are processed within 48 hours, placing the city’s lab testing status – which it measures, along with a number of other factors , on its COVID-19 monitoring Dashboard – in the red zone.
For comparison, in early September that number was closer to 80%, which is the city’s minimum target to test the turnaround during that time.
And, while the city hopes to get more than 60% of patient results within 24 hours of testing, that number has also dropped significantly, falling to just 18%.
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My son called me to tell me that he had cold symptoms. He was coughing, had chest congestion, etc. He went to the Michael Garrison Hospital in Toronto and stood in line for 2 hours for a Covid test and 48 hours later still has not received results.
– Deb de Toronto Deborah 🇨🇦🌊✡️ (@ Deb27158071) September 17, 2020
In the latest COVID statistics released by the province on Thursday morning, a healthy total of 39,646 tests had been carried out in the past day – but the results of 82,473 were still pending, the biggest backlog we’ve seen so far .
Premier Doug Ford has worked to increase the number of publicly accessible testing centers, adding 60 pharmacies across the province to the list of hospitals providing nasopharyngeal swabs.
Unfortunately, it does not appear that the processing capacity of the labs has been able to keep pace, although the provincial government continues to promise to expand it.
I went for my covid test today in Toronto. If you are planning to go I highly suggest bringing a folding chair for the 4-5 hour wait.
I’m not complaining, but I’m complaining. Nothing like queuing up with HUNDREDS of sick and unwell people.
No more test sites. Please.
– Sedentary lava (@SedentaryLava) September 23, 2020
In the meantime, officials have demanded that only those who show symptoms or have been in close contact with a patient should get tested, and that those crowding the queues at testing centers just for the sake of the peace of mind. ‘spirit should stay at home.
“The average person who is not exposed to a case, who is not part of an outbreak, has no symptoms, should not be tested,” said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, medical officer of health in Deputy Chief of Ontario, at a press conference last week.
“There is no value. In fact, what we have found is when there is very little COVID in this group, we end up with false positives, which further complicates matters.
– Mama Bear Doula Care (@ MamaBearJen1) 24 septembre 2020
Donc, avant de partir passer toute votre journée dans une file d’attente à l’extérieur d’un hôpital de Toronto, demandez-vous si vous êtes vraiment qualifié pour passer un test dès maintenant – en gardant à l’esprit que la majorité de ceux qui reçoivent un diagnostic positif sont simplement invités à rester à la maison. et s’isoler de toute façon.
À tout le moins, faites un tour en voiture de votre hôpital local ou consultez un outil de suivi des temps d’attente avant de partir.