COVID-19 testing must become more widespread to prevent ‘super spreader’ events, experts say – CBC

People with mild symptoms should get tested even if they’re vaccinated, TPH says

Aug 31, 2021

With testing numbers low across Ontario and the highly contagious delta variant an ongoing threat, experts are urging the public to get swabbed more routinely or risk super spreader events.

Last Friday was the only day this month that labs processed more than 30,000 tests, according to provincial data. The all-time high for testing was on Jan. 15, when more than 76,000 tests were completed.

Meanwhile, the number of new COVID-19 cases has steadily increased this month, hitting 643 on Monday.

Toronto’s Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vinita Dubey said high testing rates are central to successful contact tracing, and is urging people who may be experiencing mild symptoms to get tested, even if they’re vaccinated.

“That’s probably one of our biggest categories to ensure that we catch all of COVID,” Dubey told CBC News.

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