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Covid-19: Ontario government to invest $30 million to prevent and manage outbreaks, says Health Minister Christine Elliott

Health Minister Christine Elliott today at Queens’s Park on Thursday afternoon i.e. September 24 was noted saying that “our government has established a strong foundation for testing and case and contact management with lab networks capable of processing up to 40,000 daily tests. With this investment, we will significantly expand on that capacity, improving access to testing, reducing testing wait times and ensuring Ontarian get the results quickly.”

The province is working with Ontario Health, local public health units, hospitals and pharmacies to extend the  testing locations based upon local needs. This will include more testing in new locations, such as your doctor’s office and at-home for certain home and community care clients,” she further added.

Elliot took to her official Twitter handle to say, “We’re building on the largest provincial testing initiative in Canada by providing $1.07 billion to expand #COVID19 testing and case and contact management. We’re also immediately investing $30 million to prevent and manage outbreaks in priority sectors.”

She also wrote, “this investment will dramatically expand our testing capacity, launch more testing locations & add more case & contact management resources to trace & isolate new cases. In doing so, we will also support long-term care homes, schools & hospitals to effectively contain outbreaks.”

Ontario Health Minister today confirmed that the Ontario is reporting 409 cases of #COVID19 as more than 30,600 tests were completed. Locally, there are 151 new cases in Toronto with 82 in Ottawa and 46 in Peel. 63% of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40. 

 

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