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

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

Alex Munter mentioned on Twitter that CHEO, which is accountable for kids’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 depends upon discovering sufficient individuals to do the work, one thing Munter, CHEO CEO and president, is pessimistic about.

“The hospitals are working 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 mentioned pharmacies ought to take among the testing stress off hospitals.

Premier Doug Ford and the top of the Ontario Pharmacists Affiliation Justin Bates each mentioned 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 individuals with out signs in pharmacies. Throughout a press convention, Ford mentioned the plan is one thing individuals needs to be listening to about within the subsequent couple of days.

Bates mentioned 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 special message for residents Tuesday — that, particularly with rising demand, individuals 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 individuals getting examined in Ottawa haven’t any signs, she mentioned.