Sep 23, 2020
By Christine Ross
Starting this Friday, up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario will offer COVID-19 testing.
Health Minister Christine Elliott along with Premier Doug Ford outlined the second pillar of the government’s fall preparedness plan at a pharmacy in Muskoka.
“In partnership with Shopper’s Drug Mart, Rexall and independent pharmacies, we’re expanding access to publicly funded for COVID-19 testing in pharmacies,” Elliott told reporters. “Beginning this Friday, up to 60 pharmacies will be providing testing for Ontarians with no COVID-19 symptoms.”
Premier Doug Ford also confirmed that a COVID saliva test is coming to three Toronto hospitals: Mount Sinai, Women’s College and University Health Network. But he’s pleading with Health Canada to approve more saliva testing to help reduce long lines at testing sites, where some have been turned away.
“Health Canada, we’ve been waiting for months for these antigen tests, the saliva tests, and God bless them, they work hard but they need to start moving on this, it’s affecting the whole system,” said Ford.
But the Premier couldn’t answer how many pharmacy tests will be done to take the pressure of testing sites but adds more pharmacies will come on board soon.
Ontario is reporting 335 new cases with Toronto reporting 102, Peel with 79 and almost 70 percent are in people under 40.