Medical Officer of Health says Winchester COVID-19 testing/assessment centre almost ready

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EASTERN ONTARIO — The roll-out of four or five COVID-19 testing/assessment centres in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s jurisdiction continues, with Cornwall slated to get the region’s second centre “likely later this week,” says Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis.

But as of yesterday, the EOHU had not yet settled on the actual site for the city, though an announcement on that is expected today, according to the doctor.  “We’re finalizing it. We’re choosing between two places,” Dr. Roumeliotis explained during his March 24 daily media briefing.

The EOHU opened its first centre in Hawkesbury on Monday.  Winchester will be the third site to go into operation and “is almost ready as well,” the doctor said. “We’re also looking at our Casselman backup and Alexandria as well.”

As the pandemic progresses, the centres will eventually stop testing and switch to “medical assessments” on the assumption that everyone with symptoms has contracted the virus.

Eight-five to 90 percent of cases will involve only mild symptoms requiring no treatment at hospital, he emphasized.

He also addressed the start of chip-wagon season and the juxtaposition of churches being forced to close while liquor stores remain open. Play the media file on this page.

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