The Lakeridge Health assessment centre located at Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby will open again today (September 26).
Lines and wait times were long yesterday, so the earlier residents get there, the better.
The temporary ‘pop-up’ Covid-19 Assessment Centre located at 589 Water Street offers a drop-in, drive-through option enabling residents to receive a Covid-19 test swab right from the comfort of their car.
Whitby’s temporary centre will provide quicker access to Covid-19 tests in addition to application-based Durham Region’s four other assessment centres.
No appointment is necessary and tests will be on a first come, first served basis. Residents are asked to enter off of South Blair Street. Members of Durham Region Police Service (DRPS) will guide drivers.
Hours of operation: Saturday, September 26: 9 to 4 pm
All tests will be sent directly to the lab. Results will be available between three to five days.
The drive-through assessment centre is a partnership between the Town of Whitby, Lakeridge Health, DRPS, Region of Durham Paramedic Services, Durham College’s Paramedic Program, the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team (OVERT) and Carea Community Health Centre.
“We are pleased to do our part to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by working in partnership with Lakeridge Health and our local public health officials to support this new testing site,” said Mayor Don Mitchell. “This site will increase the number of residents who can get tested, when they need to, something that is vitally important as we work together to keep our community safe.”