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Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Deputy Premier and Health Minister Christine Elliott, and Minister of Long Term Care Merrilee Fullerton held a briefing Monday on the province's COVID-19 response.

Asked why random community testing had not begun yet, despite experts stressing it needs to be done before provinces reopen, Ford said that they were starting the process, adding that there needs to be a national contact tracing plan, working with the federal government and all provinces and territories, to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

Ford also said that the province was now seeing approximately 17,000 tests a daily, and they now lead in both total number of tests and per capita in the country.

Elliott said as the province develops its plan to open up elective surgeries, they are considering the possibility of a “COVID-free” hospital. She said this idea could see a hospital deal with COVID-19 patients, while a different hospital could handle more elective surgeries, but it depends on aspects such as staff and supply of personal protective equipment.

The province reported 370 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 17,923. There were also 84 additional deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,300.

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