A big part of dealing with the ongoing pandemic is making sure that people are getting tested. While the process can seem daunting, Dr. Theresa Tam has said that it is essential to the fight against COVID-19. She has even said that doing so is an act of bravery.\nIn a statement released on September 16, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer urged anyone who is experiencing symptoms or believes they may have been near someone with the virus to get checked out.\nEditor's Choice: Ford Is Reportedly Looking To Slash Gathering Sizes In Toronto, Peel & Ottawa\n"I recognize that there may be line-ups at some local testing facilities, and awaiting test results may be stressful and disruptive to your family and work life," Dr. Tam said, "but I thank you for your patience."\n"Being tested for COVID-19 is an act of kindness, and frankly, bravery."\nThe CPHO expressed her gratitude to all of the people who have chosen to do so, saying that over 300,000 Canadians are being tested each week.\nShe added that people can help someone who is either getting tested or waiting for their results by offering to run errands or pick up supplies.\n"We are all adjusting to new ways of resuming school, work, business… in our adapted way of life," she said, "As we do so, let’s continue to support each other and protect each other with compassion and understanding."\n2/2 Over the past week, an average of 47,111 people have been tested for #COVID19 daily across Canada, with 1.5% of these people testing positive as #publichealth continues to #TestandTrace. https://t.co/ZArmpJMAM3— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) September 16, 2020\nOver six million people across the country have been tested for the virus, with the latest epidemiological data showing a positivity rate of roughly 2.1%.\nWhile people have been encouraged to go if they are experiencing symptoms, there have been issues with long lineups at some centres.\n#COVIDlife hasn’t been easy. We all want normalcy and a bit of fun back, but while #COVID19 is still with us, precautions & safer choices are the way to go. When you put yourself at risk you put people you care for at risk. https://t.co/V7a2jyevTA— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) September 16, 2020\nThe University of Western Ontario recently had its mobile centres overloaded after there was an outbreak among students, reaching their daily capacity in just half an hour.\nCBC News has also reported that Ottawa health officials have asked residents who are asymptomatic not to go in for testing.\nDr. Tam recommended that people use the government's online screening tool to determine whether they need to be examined or not.