COVID-19 testing will be available at 60 pharmacies located in Southern Ontario, though the provincial government said more locations will come online in the coming weeks. The first pillar helps our hospitals maintain capacity as a result of the flu shots.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the Ottawa situation highlights that nursing homes are "not ready" for a second wave because of shortages of staff and personal protective equipment.
No person was listed as hospitalized nor are any people in intensive care.
"With a recent increase in the number of cases, we are making sure people have more options for testing to identify cases of COVID-19 early".
Ford pleaded for a response from Health Canada, asking for assistance and approval to develop more of these initiatives to help contain the second wave.
As of Wednesday, travellers departing from Ottawa International airport will be subject to temperature screening as part of the ongoing measures to combat COVID-19. "Nevermind, the fact that there really isn't a plan on any of the other pieces, whether it's schools, whether it's long-term care, whether it's hospital pressures".
"This is a massive plan, its very robust, it's jammed with items...if we laid it all down at once, the message isn't going to get out to the people", explained Ford.
Ontario's number of new COVID-19 cases suddenly dropped 30 per cent after several days of reaching levels not seen since last spring, the Ministry of Health reported Wednesday.
Pharmacies may choose to provide testing for Ontarians who have no COVID-19 symptoms. Vera Etches said in a statement.