Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing comes to Wallaceburg for three days

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Wallaceburg and surrounding area will have greater access to COVID-19 testing starting Thursday.

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) has partnered with Chatham-Kent EMS and CK Public Health to support a three day drive-thru testing initiative. This testing will also be available to residents who do not arrive in a vehicle.

“I’m pleased that through highly collaborative relationships with our health system partners we can continue to broaden testing in our community. This mobile drive-thru clinic will ensure more residents in the Wallaceburg area who are concerned about COVID-19 will be able to receive a test in a convenient setting,” Lori Marshall, president and CEO, CKHA, said.

From June 11-13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., anyone who believes they require a COVID-19 swab test can go to CKHA’s Wallaceburg Site where a mobile drive-thru testing clinic will be in operation.

The clinic will take place in the front parking lot of CKHA’s Wallaceburg Site, 325 Margaret Ave.

“Our Community Paramedic program is proud to partner once again with CKHA and CK Public Health to expand testing throughout Chatham-Kent. Our mobile drive-thru testing in Wallaceburg this coming week will provide an effective and safe testing method for both residents and clinical staff,” Donald MacLellan, General Manager, Chatham-Kent EMS, said.

To streamline traffic flow, patients are asked to enter the drive-thru testing clinic off of Thomas Avenue. Signage will direct patients upon arrival for both those who arrive in vehicles and those who do not.

Anyone who comes for testing is asked to bring a valid Ontario health card. A staff member will register people while they are in your car.

The health care team will perform the COVID-19 swab test while people are in their car.

“We have been working with community partners to bring mobile COVID-19 testing to the Wallaceburg area. It is important for all Chatham-Kent residents to have access to testing regardless of where they live in the municipality,” Dr. David Colby, medical officer of health for Chatham-Kent, said.

A severe heat warning is in effect for Chatham-Kent on Wednesday.  With the clinic days following this inclement weather, out of precaution, people are asked not to bring children and frail adults in cars who are not being tested, as well as pets.

If a high demand for testing is experienced during this week’s clinics, additional testing days will take place. The public will be notified of any future COVID-19 testing clinics.

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