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Assessment centre has now seen almost 2,000 visitors

The Midland assessment centre has tested 1,941 visitors since it opened in March.
2020-04-07
Assessment centre personnel are shown in this submitted photo.

Assessment centre numbers are following a steady pattern the highest single-day numbers were recorded this past Saturday.

Where there has definitely been a jump in numbers since the province announced open testing, the highest jump came on June 27 when 103 visitors to the assessment centre were tested. A slight drop was seen on Friday, June 26, when 57 visitors to the assessment centre were tested.

The second-highest day of testing during the last couple weeks was Wednesday, June 24, when 99 people were tested. A similarly high number was seen on Saturday, June 20, when 92 people were tested.

The visitor numbers on June 13 and 17 were 87 and 81, respectively. 

In the past couple weeks, the lowest number of those tested was on Saturday, June 6, when only 34 people visited the centre located on 845 King St. in Midland.

Since that day, 885 people have been tested at the centre, which is staffed by nurses from Georgian Bay General Hospital, and volunteers and staff from Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Chigamik Community Health Centre, Wendat Community Programs and the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre.

In all, the assessment centre has seen 1,982 visitors, of which 1,941 have been tested, while 41 were screened only. Due to expanded testing, the screening step has been excluded and those who book an appointment are being tested straightaway.

A hospital official said the centre will remain open on Canada Day. 

People are encouraged to call the assessment centre at (705) 529-1025 to book an appointment to be tested.

The assessment call centre, which schedules appointments, is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. The call centre will provide individuals a booked appointment upon request, ensuring that the safety of the public and staff can be maintained through physical distancing. 




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