City staff are holding off on moving COVID-19 testing sites to a single facility

Toronto Public Health vice-chair questions city’s COVID-19 policy

At a meeting on March 13, Toronto Public Health vice-chair Chris Bolton says the city should consider moving more testing sites to a single facility.

City staff are currently debating moving testing sites for COVID-19 to a larger location.

“We’re not convinced that that’s going to be the best place for testing in Toronto,” says Bolton.

City staff, Bolton says, want testing to be done closer to where people live and work.

“We don’t think it’s going to be a big change from a risk-management perspective that way,” says Bolton.

“We’re hoping that we can find a way to make some more money, reduce our costs from having to transport people around from different testing sites to what we believe would be a better way to do it.”

Bolton says that would mean a single space where people could get their tests done, without having to drive from a site to another testing site.

“And we’re hoping that they’ll at least consider that and come up with more ideas on how to do that in the future.”

At this time, city staff are holding off on making any decisions on whether the testing sites should move from the five sites currently in use.

“I have some ideas for what we want to try to look at that as part of the discussion, how to move to one location, and I would like to hear what the city’s ideas are on that,” says Bolton.

Bolton says he is concerned about the number of COVID-19 patients who may not seek treatment and could be left untreated for a longer period of time.

“I think as a city, on a long term basis, we have a moral responsibility to address this and to get people tested as soon as possible.

“When you look back at history from the world’s early 1900’s to the early 2000’s, you see that testing rates in a huge way increased.

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