Date of Publication: May 29, 2020
Source: Government of Ontario
On Friday, the Office of the Premier announced in a news release that Ontario is opening up COVID-19 testing across the province. As part of the next phase of the Ontario government’s COVID-19 testing strategy to detect and quickly stop the spread of the virus, testing has been expanded for the general public, frontline workers, first responders, and workplaces across the province. Assessment centres are now expanding testing criteria to include asymptomatic individuals who want to be tested and will no longer require referrals. Premier Doug Ford promised in a statement that “anyone who feels they need a test will be able to get a test,” and that more proactive testing will allow employers and employees to return to work confidently. Health Minister Christine Elliot emphasized that even for people who test negative, it is crucial to continue practicing physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and washing hands regularly.
Summary by: Ming Li