Second Windsor Regional Hospital COVID-19 testing site reduces wait times

Opening Windsor Regional Hospital's second COVID-19 testing site at St. Clair College has reduced wait times, according to officials.

Windsor not experiencing overwhelming crowds compared to London and Toronto

A second COVID-19 testing centre opened by Windsor Regional Hospital ahead of back-to-school has reduced wait times for those looking to get a test in Windsor. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

If you want to get tested for COVID-19, a spokesperson for Windsor Regional Hospital says now's a good time to do it.

Spokesperson Steve Erwin says with the opening of a second testing site at the Sportsplex at St. Clair College, the hospital has increased their capacity.

"We aren't seeing the wait times that other jurisdictions in Ontario are seeing," said Erwin.

Erwin said the demand for testing in Windsor isn't nearly as high as it has been in London and Toronto. The hospital is seeing about 500 people a day between the Sportsplex and the Ouellette Campus. Each site can accommodate about 400 a day.

"I think we recognized going into the fall, we were going to need a second assessment centre based on the volumes we were seeing," said Erwin.

"So the combined two centres now with St. Clair College Sportsplex plus Ouellette campus we're able to accommodate anyone who's come for tests in a relatively quick fashion this week."

The Sportsplex site is temporary. The hospital will open another testing site at the Met campus in October.

The Sportsplex assessment centre opened on September 3 and its hours are the same as the Ouellette Campus location — daily, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.

Meanwhile, Erie Shores Healthcare in Leamington saw 121 people for testing Monday.

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Dale Molnar

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Dale Molnar is an award-winning video journalist at CBC Windsor. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor and has worked in television, radio and print.

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