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Ontario changes COVID-19 testing guidance, shifts focus to symptomatic testing

Ontario health officials say low-risk individuals who are asymptomatic should not be going to assessment centres for a COVID-19 test.

Associate chief medical officer of health Dr. Barbara Yaffe says that testing needs to be reserved for people with symptoms, or those who have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Previously, the province had encouraged anyone who wanted to get a COVID-19 test to seek one at an assessment centre.

The change today comes as assessment centres across the province have been struggling with long-line ups.

The government announced yesterday that asymptomatic individuals can make an appointment to get a COVID-19 test at up to 60 pharmacies across the province starting Friday.

The province saw a processing backlog of nearly 50,000 tests on Wednesday as demand for the assessments surged because of the return to school.

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