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Appointment based COVID-19 testing system begins in Ontario

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WATCH ABOVE (Oct. 3, 2020): The province of Ontario will be eliminating walk-in COVID-19 testing beginning Tuesday. Clinics are switching to appointment-only, and with that move comes a new screening measure that will help to eliminate wait times and the unnecessary testing of some individuals. Morganne Campbell explains – Oct 3, 2020

TORONTO — Ontario will begin COVID-19 testing by appointment only this morning.

Premier Doug Ford has said the shift to the new system was done to prepare the province’s 155 assessment centres for winter.

The government has faced criticism over the long lines at assessment centres where people have had to wait for hours for a COVID-19 test.

Read more: Ontario COVID-19 testing centres accepting people by appointment only starting Oct. 6

The province has also changed its screening guidance, now saying that only symptomatic people or those in high-risk groups should seek out a test.

Testing centres began to close Sunday to prepare for the new model that is being launched today.

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The province is facing a testing backlog of approximately 68,000 tests.

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