The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance COVID-19 testing centre has moved to bigger digs.
As of Monday, the centre was relocated from Emma St., to the roomier St. Clair College HealthPlex in order to comfortably increase the number of tests completed each day.
According to CKHA Chief Executive Officer Lori Marshall, the move comes ahead of fall’s inclement weather and will provide patients with more protection from the elements.
“The goal is to give us more space, Marshall says, adding there are many benefits to the move overall, including more parking.
“It will help us with volume and to better manage walk-ins,” she adds.
As the second wave of COVID-19 begins to wash over Toronto, Ottawa and the Peel region, the number of people seeking tests in Chatham-Kent has nearly doubled in the past two weeks.
The hospital is testing about 200 people a day, however Marshall says 300 people a day can be handled at the HealthPlex.
Marshall strongly advises those seeking testing to pre-book an appointment online for the swab on the hospital’s webpage, or by phone if they don’t have Internet capability.
The move was faciltated Monday with the help of the Chatham-Kent's EMS services. A mobile clinic helped accomodate patients with the changeover.
There are no plans at present to offer additional mobile testing or special student testing centres, says Marshall, such as what is currently being offered in Sarnia-Lambton.
Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Herald