May 05, 2020

By Christine Ross

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Premier Doug Ford has a warning for some of the province’s regional medical officers of health. “We’re going to be on to them, they have to pick their socks up,” said a visibly frustrated Premier when asked about the slow pace of COVID-19 testing across the province. “I’m disappointed with the chief medical officers in certain regions, I’m not going to name them but they know who they are. Start picking up your socks and start doing testing. I don’t know what the big problem is testing, it’s frustrating as anything,” Ford told reporters at his daily COVID-19 briefing. The Premier hinted that the province may eventually scrap a regional public health system for a more centralized one.

Meantime, the province is rolling out expanded access to internet-based mental health support amid the pandemic. “Our government has invested $12 million into virtual online mental health supports and this week, we’re rolling out expanded access at no cost to patients,” said Ford.

The Premier says health officials have assured him a scarf is acceptable if retailers demand customers wear masks.

Ford also announcing a virtual “Highway of Heroes” ceremony Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 to honour the six Canadian Forces personnel killed in last week’s helicopter crash.

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