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Ontarians with COVID-19 no longer require tests to be considered virus-free

Health officials in Ontario are allowing most people who test positive for COVID-19 to end their 14-day self isolation, without test results confirming they’re negative.

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon at Queen’s Park, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, the province’s associate medical officer of health, confirmed, “if the case is not hospitalized, they’re not a health care worker, they recover, they feel fine and it’s been 14 days since they became ill, we’re saying they can be considered resolved.”

Yaffe said public health units were informed of the change this week.

Previously, in order for a case to be considered “resolved” and listed as such in public health numbers, the individual had to receive two negative tests over 24 hours.

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It is likely that this policy change could dramatically increase the number of “resolved” cases in Ontario, which, as of Wednesday evening, stood at eight.

Meanwhile, the province is dealing with a limited supply of tests due to a global demand for them, with tests currently being rationed to those who need them most.

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