Ontario begins appointment-only testing at coronavirus assessment centres
Hundreds of people wait in line for hours at a COVID assessment centre at Women's College Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:19AM EDT
Ontario will begins 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.
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.
The province is facing a testing backlog of approximately 68,000 tests.