Ottawa Now – ‘Every COVID test has to be processed by a medical lab technologist…those technologists are where the shortage is’: Calls for more lab technologists grow as wait times for COVID-19 test results reach up to 7 days


Lineups for COVID-19 testing at assessment centres in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario are long. However, the wait for results is even longer. Some people are telling CTV News they have waited up to seven days without getting any results. Michelle Hoad is the CEO of the Medical Laboratory Professionals Association of Ontario. She explains, while Ontario has invested money on the front end, every COVID-19 test has to be processed by a medical lab technologist, and that is where more staffing needs to be provided. She joins Kristy Cameron on today’s Ottawa Now.​