The COVID REPORT for November 17, 2021 – Pharmacies, borders and restrictions

Coronavirus testing in pharmacies

NDP leader Andrea Horwath is calling on Premier Doug Ford to hold off on a move to allow people with COVID-19 symptoms to go to a pharmacy to be tested.

Horwath says the rules need to be clarified, so that pharmacy customers can be assured they won’t be exposed to the virus.

But the premier says he’s confident proper protections will be in place.

About 150 locations are expected, initially, to be involved in the program.

Decisions restrictions left with health units

Premier Ford says his government will continue to let local health units take the lead on decision to re-impose COVID-19 restrictions.

Two regions, Sudbury-Manitoulin and Algoma, have done so in the past week, and a third is considering a return to limits on gatherings.

Ford says the risks of the virus spreading more widely in the province are much lower now, as more people get vaccinated.

The premier adds the policy is backed by the province’s chief medical officer of health, and the health officers in Ontario’s 34 health units.

Tests at the border

Federal health minister Jean-Yves Duclos is promising a decision in the next few days, about border testing requirements for COVID-19.

Currently, anyone fully vaccinated who is arriving in Canada must have a negative COVID-19 test result in hand done within 72 hours of their crossing.

The tests are expensive, ranging as high as 300 dollars.

Premier Doug Ford says the premiers have told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the requirement is unnecessary.

It’s part of a federal order that is to expire on Sunday.

PHOTO: Testing in pharmacies for those who might have COVID is being put in place. There are some 150 approved pharmacies that will introduce the program next week. Photo provided by Elliot Lake Health Team and used with permission.

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