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Ontario needs clearer messaging about COVID-19 testing, expert says

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Gustavo Carr | 23 May, 2020, 00:30

"There's a difference between what I want and what's going to happen", he said.

Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton made the announcement at a news conference Friday, saying the new action centre will help support up to 7,000 unemployed tourism and hospitality workers.

They include developing a vaccine, investigating whether blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients is an effective treatment, developing a rapid test, and food security research. "Please go out and get tested". "I'm going to follow the advice of our chief medical officer, our health table, and science".

Ahmed said people being tested will need to have their health card and another form of identification to ensure the health unit can reach out if a person tests positive.

We're nowhere close to the record-high daily increase of 640 new cases we saw on April 24, but the downward momentum Ontario had been experiencing appears to have stalled.

"We're going into the front-line healthcare workers, we're going to test the asymptomatic and symptomatic people there, so just on-going testing".

Ministry of Health figures released Friday showed 11,276 samples were processed Thursday, nearly 9,000 below the ability of provincial government, hospital and commercial labs to provide results on more than 20,000 daily.

In long-term care facilities there are 175 outbreaks, which is a decrease of eight, according to the Ministry of Long-Term Health.

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Ford also mused about increased testing by postal code, in hot spots that are "glowing on the map like a lit-up Christmas tree", even suggesting using mobile testing vans.

"We're watching the trends like a hawk right now..."

For the fifth-straight day, the number of new cases outpaced the number of resolved cases.

Last week, the DND reported only five cases among its members and said that it would give an update every two weeks.

"I want to see truckers tested, I want so see taxi drivers tested, I want to make sure that long term care (gets regularly tested)". It will help up to 11,600 apprentices to get a "head start" on skilled trades.

The Ontario government's official number of confirmed cases rose by 441 on Wednesday, up from 413 the day before even as test processing has fallen dramatically from the 18,354 samples handled last Thursday. For those who work in a public-facing capacity, she recommended checking their temperature daily, and at the first sign of illness, to stay at home and not go to work.

"COVID-19 has created a new class of heroes".