Dedicated Assessment Centres to Open In Ontario to Accelerate Coronavirus Screening

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Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Credit National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIH

As the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic,the government of Ontario has announced that it will open dedicated assessment centres in dedicated spaces in places experiencing significant growth in testing.

The province said that the assessment centres will open within the next several days at William Osler Health System – Peel Memorial site, The Ottawa Hospital, North York General Hospital, Mackenzie Health, Scarborough Health Network, and Trillium Health Partners.

“Ontario’s public health system continues to demonstrate remarkable responsiveness to COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “While we have so far effectively contained new cases of this virus, we are relentlessly focused on planning for any scenario. We are actively working with our partners at all levels in the health care system to implement enhanced measures to ensure that we are prepared to protect the health of all Ontarians.”

Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) is also planning to open a COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre later this month. It is also exploring ways to provide rapid-testing for COVID-19 like a drive-through as seen in South Korea.

City of Toronto announced that it has activated the Emergency Operations Centre to manage COVID-19 pandemic. The city said that currently, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is at a Level One activation. This involves monitoring the current situation, locally and globally, and coordinating internal efforts at the City.

As of yesterday night, there are 37 active coronavirus cases and 5 resolved (the patient no longer infectious based on two consecutive negative tests performed at PHO Laboratory at least 24 hours apart) cases in Ontario.

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