GRAVENHURST — If you want to visit family or friend in LTC you must be tested first for COVID-19.

Even if you have no symptoms.

You can be tested tomorrow, Tuesday June 30, at a drive-through at the Centennial Centre in Gravenhurst.

Community Paramedics in Muskoka spent six days last week in Bracebridge and Huntsville and move south for one-day only.

If you are COVID asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) and require a test to visit a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate living setting you can be tested.

You don’t need an appointment to be tested at the drive-through location, but please note the following:

  • Drive-through wait times will vary depending on volumes
  • Bring your health card with you to the testing location
  • When you arrive at the drive-through testing location, follow instructions provided on all signs and those of Community Paramedics
  • Remain in your vehicle at all times and proceed to the testing tent only when advised to do so.

Meanwhile the province has released the COVID-19 Test Results Viewer that allows you to check your results online. Results can take more than a week.

The Assessment Centres/Community Paramedics do not have test results nor do they control the length of time it takes to process COVID tests.

The District of Muskoka’s Muskoka Paramedic Services and the Town of Gravenhurst have partnered with Muskoka’s COVID-19 Assessment Centres organizers to help facilitate the drive through testing by providing community paramedic staff and logistical support.

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. — with a break and lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Gravenhurst Centennial Centre Parking Lot – 101 Centennial Drive

In addition, testing is still available by appointment for symptomatic people and asymptomatic people who are not planning to visit a long-term care home, retirement home, or other congregate living setting by calling your primary care provider or the Muskoka Assessment Centre line at 1-888-383-7009.

Officials advise that if you are planning to visit Muskoka by travelling here from outside of the region, you can get tested at your local COVID-19 Assessment Centre before you make your trip to Muskoka.

They ask that you please consider that your first option for testing.

COVID-19 testing Tuesday, June 30, takes place for one day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 30 a 30-minute lunch break at noon.