The CBC says that some people getting tested at the recently-opened Church Street COVID testing centre are having to wait more than two weeks to get their results.
“What’s the whole point of going in for tests if you don’t even get the results until after the quarantine time? There’s no point. It defeats the whole purpose,” she said.
Faisal Hassan, NDP MPP for York South-Weston, says he received more than 25 complaints in a week about people waiting for test results from the Church Street assessment centre.
He says residents were concerned that without a result, they couldn’t return to work, go to school, or visit and provide essential care to loved ones in long-term care homes.
“We have been [identified] as a hotspot area and these delays are totally unacceptable,” he said.
The hospital told the CBC that their typical turnaround is three to five days.
In addition to the burdens they place on those being tested, long turnarounds make contact tracing impossible.