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Officials complain fewer people getting tested for COVID?

Health officials in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, are complaining that fewer people are volunteering to get tested for COVID after they spent millions of dollars setting up new testing facilities. The number of people getting tested at these facilities is down 25% in some cases from the end of September. What is equally disturbing is that health officials are increasing the number of people who can get tested at Ottawa facilities from 2,500 to 4,000 by November. Of course, less testing ultimately means fewer people testing positive for COVID. The CBC explains the problem this causes: Ottawa Public Health (OPH) officials are also concerned with what the drop in testing means when it comes to interpreting the daily case counts, which have been below 100 cases a day for almost a week, dipping to 52 on Monday.  The recent numbers buck the upward trend, which hit a record 142 cases on Oct. 2, and then 183 cases on Oct. 8.   The high case counts led to the decision for Ottawa to be included among the cities forced to return to …