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Ontario to expand testing guidelines to anyone with coronavirus symptoms

Last Updated May 14, 2020 at 10:28 am EDT

An Etobicoke drive-through COVID-19 assessment centre in April 2020. (Tony Fera/CityNews)

Ontario’s top doctor is set to release new COVID-19 testing guidelines today, as the province releases details on its reopening plan.

The new guidelines from chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams will say anyone with symptoms can be tested.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says in a tweet that doing so “will help identify and contain new cases and monitor any shifts in community spread to keep Ontarians safe.”

She says nearly every long-term care home resident and worker has now been tested, so testing will expand to other vulnerable populations, including people in retirement homes, shelters and group homes.

Ontario has tested over 475,000 people across the province for COVID-19 as of May 12 and have reported over 21,000 cases, 74.6 per cent of which are considered resolved.

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