Metropolis providing extra municipal services as COVID-19 testing websites, Mayor Watson says

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Watson stated he’s been informed by well being officers that between 50 per cent and 90 per cent of individuals within the traces haven’t any signs.

“That’s placing a pressure on the system,” Watson stated, and he informed Ford that the messaging wants to vary so that individuals with out signs aren’t going to testing websites.

A couple of hours later, nevertheless, Ford continued to encourage individuals who don’t have signs to get examined in the event that they need to.

“We have now the asymptomatic people which may be anxious, or they need to get examined, and God bless them, get examined, however we’re going to be ready and we’re ramping up,” Ford stated throughout a press convention.

A lot of the anger generated by the lengthy testing traces and overrun evaluation websites is rooted in confusion about how this might presumably occur when officers knew when college students can be returning to lessons.

Watson stated Ottawa Public Well being has stepped as much as assist, however the main accountability for testing is with the hospital community. The Ottawa Hospital, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Montfort Hospital and CHEO all have roles within the native testing program.

“I feel they’re now realizing that numerous the testing capability ought to have been handled a month in the past with the anticipation of faculty,” Watson stated. “To their credit score now, and I’ve talked to all 4 hospital presidents, they perceive the urgency and frustration and so they should get this drawback mounted.”

Town continues to be in a state of emergency due to the pandemic, however Watson stated he hasn’t requested Ford to request army help to assist with logistical assist in testing. There’s no sense bringing in army assist if there are not any further websites but to arrange testing services, Watson stated.