Cambridge COVID-19 testing centre to remain closed until May 11

The COVID-19 assessment centre on Holiday Inn Drive in Cambridge will remain closed until Tuesday, May 11 after it was evacuated this week for a suspected gas leak.

Some staff reported feeling light-headedness and general unease, hospital says

The COVID-19 testing centre in Cambridge will be closed until Thursday after staff there felt unwell on Monday due to a noxious odour. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

The COVID-19 assessment centre on Holiday Inn Drive in Cambridge will remain closed until next Tuesday after it was evacuated on Monday for a suspected gas leak.

Cambridge Memorial Hospital, which operates the centre, said in a release that some staff "experienced light-headedness and general unease" on Monday. When the centre reopened on Tuesday, staff again felt ill.

No gas leak was found, but "a window was found to be open in the building and it is suspected foul air from the outside may have been drawn into the centre," the hospital had said on Monday.

City officials, along with firefighters and workers from Enbridge looked for any kind of leaks from natural gas, sewer or other noxious fumes. The Ministry of Labour also did an inspection on Tuesday.

Now, further inspections are expected to take place. The hospital said it has hired the environmental consulting firm Pinchen to perform a series of tests at the testing site to find the source of an odour. The site will remain closed while that testing takes place.

In the meantime, patients are being redirected to Grand River Hospital's assessment centre located at the former bus terminal on St. Charles Street W. in Kitchener for COVID-19 tests.


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