CBC Windsor October 5 COVID-19 replace: No extra walk-in testing

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported a new COVID-19 case for our area on Monday and stepped up the changes made over the weekend regarding testing.

This new case was a close contact from someone who already had COVID-19.

Six new cases were reported in Windsor-Essex over the weekend.

Walk-in tests for the novel coronavirus ended across the province over the weekend. Starting Tuesday, anyone in Ontario wishing to take a COVID-19 test must make an appointment at an assessment center or select pharmacies.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Health, the switch to testing will enable the province’s laboratory network to handle a test jam by appointment only. That backlog rose to 78,953 on Sunday.

On Friday, health officer Dr. Wajid Ahmed that less than 10 percent of local tests come back in a day and nearly 50 percent come back in two days – all due to the backlog in a London laboratory in Windsor – essex tests go first.

How to schedule your COVID-19 test

Three COVID-19 assessment centers are operating in Windsor-Essex and three Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies in Windsor are also running tests, although guidelines are slightly different for each facility.

According to the province, those wishing to book a test in an assessment center should only do so if they:

  • have a symptom of COVID-19
  • You are at high risk for someone who has the virus as reported by your health unit or through the COVID Alert app
  • is a resident or works in an area with a COVID-19 outbreak
  • Residents or workers in nursing homes
  • Nursing home visitor
  • Residents or workers in homeless shelters
  • International students who have exceeded their 14-day quarantine period
  • Farm workers
  • Individuals who need a COVID-19 test for international travel authorization
  • Self-identified indigenous people
  • Residents or workers in other residential areas and institutions

Windsor Regional Hospital operates two assessment centers – one on the hospital’s Ouellette campus and one in the St. Clair College sports complex.

You will no longer be able to come by to test at these facilities and must instead book an appointment here online. If you need assistance you can call 519-973-4443.

These websites are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Erie Shores HealthCare also operates an assessment center that uses the same criteria as Windsor Regional Hospital.

To book a test with Erie Shores Healthcare, you can call 519-326-2373 extension 4263.

The Assessment Center in Leamington is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Asymptomatic tests are currently available at three Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies in Windsor.

The person must also fall into one of five categories:

  • Living, working, or visiting a long-term care facility.
  • Living or volunteering in an animal shelter.
  • Have been cleared for international travel.
  • An international student who travels to the country to go to school after the 14-day isolation period has expired.
  • An indigenous person.

For more information or to find a testing site near you, visit the Ontario COVID-19 testing website.

COVID-19 in Sarnia-Lambton

Lambton Public Health did not report any new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. There were a total of 347 cases in Lambton County.

25 people died.

COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent Public Health did not report any new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. There were a total of 369 cases in Chatham-Kent.

Two people died.

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