More than 300 people tested for COVID-19

Appointments are needed to access the COVID-19 assessment centre that opened this week at the civic centre auditorium. Expositor photo SunMedia

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Update: This story has been updated with corrected data from the Brant Community Healthcare System.

More than 60 per cent of people going to the local COVID-19 assessment centre have been tested.

David McNeil, president of the Brant Community Healthcare System, which runs Brantford General Hospital, said Friday that the testing volume has been good.

Originally McNeil thought that 422 people had been tested but those numbers were corrected later in the day to show 302 people were tested. Almost 500 people have gone to the hospital or the centre to be assessed.

So far, there have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brantford and Brant County.

On Wednesday, the centre was moved out of BGH and to the civic centre auditorium.

The clinic saw 20 patients on Wednesday and 35 on Thursday, with another 10 going to BGH.

“I imagine the volume will continue to rise but we want to manage the number of people at the clinic,” said McNeil.

People are asked not to go to the centre without an appointment.

People who believe they may have the virus are asked to follow these steps, unless they are in need of urgent care when they should go to the hospital.

  • Take a self-assessment test online that walks a user through the symptoms of COVID (found at covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0 )
  • If the assessment calls for it, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-000 or your doctor.
  • If advised, then call the Brant Community Healthcare System hotline at 519-751-5818 to book an appointment at the assessment centre.

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