A COVID-19 Update from Ontario’s NDP Official Opposition Party
Posted May 5th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
QUEEN’S PARK — The NDP Official Opposition says today’s shocking drop in COVID-19 testing shows the Ford government is failing to ramp up testing to meet its own new, lowered target for tomorrow May 6th), even while using testing data as a justification for re-opening parts of the Ontario economy.
* Ford’s initial target: 18,900 tests per day
* Ford’s downgraded target for this week: 16,000 tests per day by May 6
* Tests completed May 4: 14,555
* Tests complete May 5: 10,654
On Monday, the national average was 24,460 tested per million people, but Ontario was only testing at 22,715 per million. Alberta, by comparison, is testing 34,800 per million, or 42 per cent more tests.
Since March, the government has consistently missed its own testing targets.
A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large –
When Ontario Premier Doug Ford was asked about the apparent drop in testing at his daily COVID-19 news briefing this May, 5th, he placed blame on at least some of the more than 30 medical officers of health working for municipalities across the province.
“Some (medical health officers) just aren’t performing,” Ford said. “We have to pick up the pace. ….. I am disappointed at the chief medical health officers in some regions. I am not going to name them, but they know who they are.”
” It is frustrating, …. They have to pick up their socks. They just aren’t testing.”
Ford said he or other members of his government will be contacting medical health officers across Ontario in the days ahead to address this issue.
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