April 30th, 2020

Fact check: Ontario falls 100,000 COVID-19 tests behind initial target

QUEEN’S PARK — On Wednesday Doug Ford claimed that Ontario was hitting its COVID-19 testing targets. But Ford has moved the goalposts to make those targets lower, and they’re still not being met.

Ford lowered the target from 18,900 tests per day by April 17 to 12,500 tests per day by April 22. Then started counting each swab, rather than each patient, since multiple swabs can be taken from each patient.

The government still hasn’t consistently met their own lower target, and as of Wednesday, the province has tested 100,000 fewer people by failing to meet its original target.

chart of covid19 tests