New COVID-19 testing site opens in Deep River

Health workers stand inside a trailer at Deep River and District Hospital now being used as a COVID-19 testing site. (CNL)

A new COVID-19 testing site has opened on the grounds of Deep River and District Hospital. 

The testing site is a partnership between the hospital and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories to allow for local COVID-19 testing over the winter months. 

Testing is being completed in a trailer donated by CNL that allows the hospital to keep the site outside of its main building. There are also plans to hold flu shot clinics at the site, but those details are still being worked out with the Renfrew County and District Health Unit. 

"The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected everyone in our local communities, and we must all come together to help support public health officials confront this dangerous virus," CNL's Medical Supervisor Rosetta McGirl said in a news release. 

"Donating this equipment and making our facilities and personnel available to help administer the flu shot is something significant that we can do to help protect the local community."

Janna Hotson, the hospital's Vice President of Clinical Services, said health resources have been strained across the region because of COVID-19 and the partnership is a good fit to support the community. 

“The Deep River and District Hospital is grateful to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories for their willingness to work together on unique solutions to care for our community during this time," she said in a news release. 

"The resources that CNL has contributed will be instrumental in supporting our goal of providing critical health services locally. The organization would like to extend a sincere thank you to CNL for their support, which helps ensure that members of our community can receive excellent, compassionate health care close to home.”

Appointments at the site are being made like any other COVID-19 tests in Renfrew County, with residents asked to get in touch with the Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre.