COVID-19 Provincial Diagnostic Network one-year anniversary

It’s with great pride that we recognize one year of continued responsiveness, collaboration and excellence shown by the COVID-19 Provincial Diagnostic Network.

In an extremely challenging time, we looked to our laboratory partners to mobilize and build the foundation for PCR COVID-19 testing for the province – and you answered the call.

Through workforce and supply challenges, testing volumes, and evolving testing needs, our integrated lab network, a first for Ontario, has remained adaptable and resilient. Team members have put in extended hours and made personal sacrifices to meet the testing needs of Ontarians, and your continued professionalism and innovations through what have been uncertain and sometimes scary times is deeply appreciated.

It has been a privilege to witness the outstanding teamwork and innovation shown by lab staff members across the province. Your teams have set the standard for what can be accomplished when we work closely and collaboratively.  From growing testing capacity, improving turnaround times, adopting and validating new tests, and ultimately supporting Ontario’s COVID-19 response – thank you.

We aren’t out of this yet. And we will continue to rely deeply on our incredible lab partners until the very end of this pandemic. Without you, our ongoing efforts to keep the people of Ontario as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic would not be possible.

Please take a moment to recognize what you have done for the province, and your communities, over the last year. As a small token of our appreciation, we hope you will enjoy this video we have created to mark your tremendous accomplishments.

On behalf of all Ontarians, a sincere thank you.

Last Updated: March 30, 2021