‘The hospitals are operating out of people to do that work’: Frustration grows in Ottawa over lengthy waits for COVID-19 testing

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That can be true for the power to course of the exams. The present capability at labs that course of COVID-19 exams within the area is 2,500, Forster stated.

Alex Munter stated on Twitter that CHEO, which is in control of youngsters’s testing at Brewer, has already tripled employees numbers on the evaluation centre and can develop additional because the centre’s hours develop. However that is determined by discovering sufficient folks to do the work, one thing Munter, CHEO CEO and president, is pessimistic about.


“The hospitals are operating out of people to do that work. We’re hiring extra employees, including hours and websites, re-designing processes. However with COVID-19 surging, it gained’t be sufficient.”

Munter stated pharmacies ought to take a few of the testing strain off hospitals.

Premier Doug Ford and the pinnacle of the Ontario Pharmacists Affiliation Justin Bates each stated that an settlement to take action is within the works. The province is in discussions with pharmacists to permit them to do COVID-19 testing on folks with out signs in pharmacies. Throughout a press convention, Ford stated the plan is one thing folks needs to be listening to about within the subsequent couple of days.


Bates stated the same program has been profitable in Alberta. “The purpose needs to be to check each citizen ultimately.”

However Ottawa’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vera Etches had a unique message for residents Tuesday — that, particularly with rising demand, folks ought to solely get examined if they’ve signs. Though the variety of mother and father and youngsters looking for testing has elevated dramatically in current days, the vast majority of folks getting examined in Ottawa don’t have any signs, she stated.