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Coronavirus testing can’t expand without more qualified staff, officials say [Video]

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OTTAWA –Health officials in Ottawa who oversee COVID-19 testing say more qualified staff are needed in order to expand capacity.

Demand for testing has skyrocketed since schools reopened. Ottawa Public Health recommends children who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms stay home from school and be tested. This has led to long lines and long wait times at the main testing facility at Brewer Arena the past several days.

It's not families with children who are creating stress on the system, according to officials, but rather people with no COVID-19 symptoms who are seeking tests for peace of mind or another reason outside of a recommendation from health officials.

However, the critical issue facing the testing centres is one of human resources. 

Speaking to reporters at a media availability on Tuesday, Dr. Alan Forster, Vice President at the Ottawa Hospital and Testing Strategy Lead, said staff are being hired and trained to …

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Ontario tightens private gathering restrictions to 10 indoors, 25 outdoors in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa [Video]

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said starting Friday private gathering limits will be reduced to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa.

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A new "gravity thrill ride" is coming to a North Shore Mountain and with construction underway, the attraction is expected to open next spring or summer.

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According to the college, the teacher shortage has been magnified by smaller class sizes since the start of the school year.