New COVID-19 Testing Centre Starting With Drive Thru At St. Clair Sportsplex

Thursday August 20th, 2020

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Windsor Regional Hospital will be offering a two day COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre as part of a plan to offer increased options for students and workers returning from summer vacation, and the hospital is planning to offer further testing inside the facility in September.

Drive-thru testing will take place on Monday, August 24th and Tuesday, August 25th from 9:00am to 4:00pm, both days.

Drivers can enter the campus from either the Talbot Road or Cabana Road entrances, with temporary signage directing drivers to a testing area adjacent to the Sportsplex.

“We recognize that many individuals will be returning to their workplaces this fall and we anticipate a corresponding increase in demand for testing heading into September,” said hospital President David Musyj. “We hope that this drive-thru testing opportunity over a two-day period will be a welcome alternative to those who have been planning for a test before Labour Day.”

The hospital also plans to use the inside of the Sportsplex for COVID-19 testing next month, starting Thursday, September 3rd and Friday, September 4th from 9:00am to 4:00pm before the Labour Day weekend.

As of Tuesday, September 8th, the Sportsplex assessment centre will be open the same hours as the Ouellette Campus location – daily, from 8:00am to 7:00pm on weekdays and from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.

Officials say the Sportsplex will continue to be used as the hospital’s second COVID-19 Assessment Centre until a more permanent site is set up at Met Campus. They say plans for the Met site have been delayed by several weeks due to the unavailability of trailers to house patients and staff for testing.

“We believe it is important to have testing available close to the Emergency room in the event an individual is requiring more urgent care,” Musyj said. “In advance of September, however, we felt a second option would be ideal for the community while we continue to prepare for a second assessment centre at Met Campus.”

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