Local COVID-19 Assessment Centres Roll-Out Appointment Based Testing
Local COVID-19 assessment centres have made a quick transition to the new appointment based testing model.
The move was announced by Premier Doug Ford Friday as cold weather will move people inside, limiting the amount of space for people to safely wait for testing.
Hospital President and CEO David Musyj says things have run smoothly with the current model, but the new one will have some benefits.
"Well, it will be more predictable when it comes to possibly having long wait times ... this will eliminate it," he says.
Walk-ins will continue through the end of the day Saturday but if residents want to book for Sunday or later they'll have to call ahead, according to Musyj.
He says residents should only seek an appointment if they are:
- showing COVID-19 symptoms.
- have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by your public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app.
- a resident or worker in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit.
- eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.
"Get advice from your own family practitioner, but feel free to call that number and book the appointment and there are physicians at both assessment centres who are there to talk with you if you have any questions."
Residents can call (519) 973-4443 24-hours a day to set up an appointment. Musyj says to have your health card and medical information ready.
Erie Shores Health Care's assessment centre in Leamington, Ont. is also booking appointments by phone at (519) 326-2373 Ext. 4263.
Both hospitals are working on an online system that should roll out next week.