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Peterborough Public Health COVID-19 testing update

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A week seems like a long time in the life of a pandemic. So much can change! It’s been more than a week since the province stepped back from its earlier approach of offering widespread testing for COVID-19.

We owe a great deal of gratitude to Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) for hosting the assessment centre and for partnering with our community paramedics to provide a drive-through option. Together, they have tested about 31,000 residents in Peterborough, or about 20 per cent of our population. And they have ensured rural and First Nations communities also had access.

These results boosted our confidence to reopen our local economy with new public health measures in place. They helped us take the bold and needed step of welcoming students back into local classrooms.

But the safe operation of schools has put an additional burden on our provincial testing capacity. Within days of schools opening, our assessment centre and drive-through sites were overwhelmed. Tests that used to take minutes to administer and 48 hours to report were taking hours and days. What we........

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