We could see random testing for COVID-19 across Ontario.
It's not clear what's behind the low testing outputs, but health officials have pointed to multiple factors; all testing of long-term care residents and staff has been completed, and the province "can't force" people to be tested, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, David Williams, said earlier this week.
The DND's spokesperson Daniel Le Bouthillier said that when a staff of the military working at long-term care facilities reports sickness, they are immediately removed from duty to be given medical attention.
Williams says public health measures are not easing with emergency orders like the five-person limit on gatherings still in place. New eligible apprentices will also get help purchasing the equipment they need to start their careers.
He also warned that they are watching the number of new cases and if they see surges or flare-ups he won't hesitate to "roll things back if necessary".
Then, the premier said, the province plans to test in communities with "hot spots", pointing to "the urban centres around Toronto", a region that now accounts for 63.9 per cent of the province's cases.
The Ontario government showed no sign of relenting in its push to cautiously reopen the province despite the latest three-day increase in new cases.
Ontario has turned to its research community for weapons against the COVID-19 pandemic.
"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)".
Today's briefing comes as Ontario has recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases within the last two weeks.
"If you owed money from our Loans for Tools program, you're not going to owe that money anymore and for all the women and men entering the trades, we are creating a new tools grant to help you get started", said McNaughton. 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. "Keep going. We're going to expand this right across the province".
"We know there's a piece of the iceberg we can't see", he said. The province says 2,021 people have died of the disease, while another 18,767 cases have resolved.
Ford said that all the systems have to work together, and all the provinces will have to combine their efforts to ensure that contract tracing is effective.