Ottawa's COVID-19 testing backlog sits at 1743 swabs

Ottawa's COVID-19 testing backlog sits at 1743 swabs

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has promised to host "the best Fordfest barbecue that P.E.I. has ever seen" to thank the province for sending 2,000 COVID-19 kits - which equals 8,000 tests - to Ontario.

As of Wednesday, the Casselman COVID-19 testing centre has moved its operations to the drive-thru testing centre in the parking lot of Calypso Waterpark in Limoges.

The province is looking to test 68,000 residents a day by-mid November.

Premier Doug Ford has said the shift to the new system was done to prepare the province's 155 assessment centres for winter.

"Mental health is as important as physical health and I'm very proud to announce we are investing an additional $176 million this year to support the people of Ontario when it comes to mental health", Ford told reporters. "As we face the second wave and work to flatten the next curve, each of us needs to be extra vigilant". "Our tremendous progress is due to the tireless efforts of our heroic lab technicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other frontline staff".

Minister of Health Christine Elliott says Ontario cleared another 43,300 tests from its backlog on Tuesday, although the government hasn't said where it now stands.

The change is part of new legislation that will be introduced later Wednesday to help small businesses that have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another 141 COVID-19 cases were reported in those between the ages of 40 and 59, while 63 were reported in people between the ages of 60 and 79.

The majority of the cases were reported in the Greater Toronto Region and Ottawa.

There have been five deaths and 47 recoveries.

Meanwhile Health Canada regulators today approved another rapid COVID-19 test - the first antigen device to receive the necessary approvals for use in this country. The COVID-19 Care Clinic on Heron Road conducted 291 tests, while the COVID-19 Care Clinic on Moodie Drive performed 264 tests. Public Health Ontario says one of the deaths recorded on Thursday was in a person aged 20-39, but they provided no further details.

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