Appointment needed to attend assessment centre

October 16, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Alyssa Parkhill

Due to the recent spike in positive COVID-19 cases across Ontario, local hospitals are constantly adapting to advice from Public Health agencies, and instruction from the provincial government.

To assist assessment centre traffic in busy areas, the provincial government in consultation with Chief Medical Officer of Health, assessment centres will no longer be accepting walk-ins. Those who have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, are to make a scheduled appointment with their local assessment centre to get tested.  

“The modelling we released (last) week demonstrates the absolute necessity to take action now to reverse current trends and protect our hospital capacity,” said Premier Doug Ford in a recent news release. 

Residents are being asked to only schedule appointments for testing if having COVID-19 symptoms. A number of pharmacies across the province are accepting residents who require testing without having symptoms. 

The Assessment Centre will now be accepting calls to book appointments during hours of operation, which is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Staff are asking residents to be patient as high volumes of calls are expected. 

HHCC was able to successful organize the transition with the help of staff, leaders and physicians as well as the County of Dufferin. 

“Our partners at the County of Dufferin stepped in right away, offering any and all support, to make this change happen by Tuesday,” said Kim Delahunt, President and CEO, HHCC. “We know how lucky we are here in Dufferin County and we do not take that for granted.” 

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