Ontario Premier Doug Ford signalled Friday the province would join in a nationwide smartphone app program to assist the more than 2,000 people working here to trace contacts of people infected with COVID-19, as the rate of infection continues to inch upward.
Meanwhile, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is forging ahead with a new strategy that includes voluntary drive-thru spot testing.
There are now 1,930 cases in Brampton, 105 in Caledon and 1,970 in Mississauga.
He said he is willing to do whatever it takes to boost testing. "Manufacturing, the meat and chicken poultry processing plants, along with the truckers and a wide range of people, that gives us a better handle on it but we will be ramping up next week in a big way".
"Please go out and get tested, it is absolutely critical, absolutely critical".
Elliot said that testing of children at day cares will be required, but will only be done with parental approval. "There is a legal difference between a public inquiry and a commission but we intend to hold a public commission which will allow witnesses to come forward which will allow for people to come in and tell us about what happened in their own personal experience or to a family member".More news: Jon Jones ‘Sad’ UFC Doesn’t See Value In Francis Ngannou Super Fight
Robust testing was one of the requirements laid out in Ontario's reopen plan, as was a consistent decline in case numbers. Dr. Camille Lemieux said.
He also couldn't offer an exact date on when the Province might lift measures on social gatherings. "I don't know. I have not seen one". "We have to look at what's actually happening", Elliott said.
The province started the pandemic with assessment centres that had very restrictive rules to get tested. "These are things you are up all night thinking about", he said about Friday's jump in cases.
"Tourism and hospitality sectors have been among the hardest hit", Ford said.
The government has been urging people with symptoms to get tested and authorities reported Saturday they surpassed their daily testing goal, conducting 14,572 tests.
Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, cautioned against judging testing success by simply hitting daily targets.More news: 38.6 million have applied for United States unemployment aid since virus hit
"The spotlight is in the wrong place, the conversation needs to be about strategy", he said, adding that along with sentinel testing, regular random testing would help the province determine community spread.
"I've heard that some people may have been more casual on the last couple weekends than we would have liked", Williams said. "We don't know how big it is and we don't know if it's getting bigger or smaller".
The new cases - which bring the total number of cases to 25,040 provincewide - followed increases of 441 cases Friday and 413 on Thursday.
Saturday's case total represents a 1.7 per cent increase, which is slightly down from Friday's count.
When asked is business should have the right to refuse service to patrons who refuse to wear a face mask, Ford said that "Any business has the right to refuse anyone, that's their business, I highly encourage people to put on a face shield.it just protects everyone. that's the advice from our chief medical officer.so just wear a face shield when you can".
The province's total is now 24,187 but 76.5% of the cases have been resolved, with 18,509 patients recovered.More news: Coronavirus vaccine gets positive results in first human trial