As our government plans for the gradual reopening of the province, the Chief Medical Officer of Health has updated COVID-19 guidelines so that anyone with symptoms can be tested as we continue to prioritize certain vulnerable groups.
"I will be like an 800 pound gorilla on their backs if I have to get testing up". Health officials have said they expected to see much more public demand for tests with new criteria for any symptomatic person to be tested.
According to Thursday's epidemiologic summary, eight of Ontario's deceased COVID-19 patients were between the ages of 20 and 39.
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Ontario has turned to its research community for weapons against the COVID-19 pandemic.
There, he was asked about Ontario's test rate, which is still notably lower than other provinces and trending downwards in recent days.
"I am fully prepared to take every action necessary, if we see things going in the wrong direction, we will be fully prepared, we won't hesitate to roll things back if necessary, and I'm hopeful we won't go there, but we need to be ready for all possible scenarios, that is why it is more important than ever that we stay vigilant".
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Ford said that over the last five days coronavirus cases have been increasing and testing numbers "haven't been there". "We have some of the most incredible researchers and innovators anywhere in the world right here in our province", said Ford.
"Unless we have proactive public health measures - to test, isolate, contact trace, and support patients and contacts with COVID-19 - we're not going to put this in a rearview mirror".
Still, Ontario has no reported source for about one-third of its 24,187 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is an increase from the 7,382 done on Wednesday and the 5,813 done on Tuesday. I can't. I'm pushing the table as hard as I can. "How many asymptomatic people are out there right now?"
The Premier is calling for broader testing of all parts of Ontario's population, noting they don't know how many people could have the virus but aren't showing any symptoms.More news: Suppliers revealed for Apple's iPhone 12 camera
"Researchers in Ontario represent some of the best and brightest in the country and we are tapping into their expertise to find Ontario-based solutions to treat the infection and stop the spread of the virus", said Romano. "We will reopen childcare with strict health protocols to keep our youngest learners safe".