Cambridge COVID-19 testing centre to remain closed until May 11
Some staff reported feeling light-headedness and general unease, hospital says
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.