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Table 1 Timeline of key COVID assessment centre announcements in Ontario during study period

From: Socioeconomic and immigration status and COVID-19 testing in Toronto, Ontario: retrospective cross-sectional study




March 12/20

COVID assessment centres opened at six locations in Ontario


May 24/20:

Premier recommended ‘everyone gets a test’


Sept 23/20:

Asymptomatic people could access tests at private pharmacies


Sept 24/20

Testing at assessment centres restricted to those with symptoms of COVID or close contacts or who are at high risk


Oct 2/20

All Ontario COVID assessment centres switched to ‘by appointment only’