Asymptomatic Ontarians who want to get tested for COVID-19 may soon be able to avoid the “ridiculous” lineups at some assessment centres and head to their local pharmacy instead, according to Premier Doug Ford.
There have been large lineups reported at many of the assessment centres across the GTA in recent days with some people reporting waits of up to three hours just to get a test.
At his daily COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Ford was asked about the lines and conceded that they have gotten “ridiculous.”
He said that one way his government plans to address the issue is by providing testing at some pharmacies with a formal announcement expected in the coming days.
Efforts are also underway to boost the province’s testing capacity, he said.
“I am not going to say that 100 per cent but I can tell you we are all over it. I had a personal call with the CEO of Shoppers (Drug Mart) today and I don’t want to just mention Shoppers because there are other great pharmacies out there that are willing to jump in but we are doing everything we can to move this forward rapidly,” he said. “Just stay tuned over the next day or two and we will have an announcement. I just don’t want to announce anything until all the ducks are in a row there.”
Ford said that the plan is to allow asymptomatic individuals to get tested at some pharmacy locations, thus “taking the burden off” assessment centres that “potentially have a lot more sick people.”
More to come…