Premier Doug Ford is set to unveil more of Ontario’s fall preparedness plan to combat the rising COVID-19 case count.
Throughout the week Ford has been releasing different pillars of his Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 plan.
So far, he announced an investment of $1.07 billion for expanding coronavirus testing and case/contact management.
The premier also said the province would invest $70 million for the flu vaccine, urging everyone to get the shot. Subsequent announcements included a new plan for asymptomatic testing to occur in up to 60 pharmacies across the province.
The other pillars include quickly identifying, managing and preventing outbreaks; accelerating efforts to reduce health service backlogs; preparing for surges in COVID-19 cases; recruiting, retaining, training, and supporting healthcare workers, and also continuing to engage families and caregivers.
Ford will be joined by Health Minister Christine Elliot to give the announcement.
The press briefing will take place at 1 pm from Queen’s Park.