MUSKOKA — It’s not too late — and appointments not necessary.
Local paramedics have ended the first round of drive-through testing for COVID-19 in Bracebridge.
If you are COVID asymptomatic and still require a test to visit a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate living setting like a group home you can pull up and be tested.
Testing are being done in Bracebridge and Huntsville this week.
You do not need an appointment to be tested.
Drive-through wait times will vary depending on volumes.
If you are travelling in from outside of the Muskoka region, you can still get tested at your local COVID-19 Assessment Centre before you make your trip. Please consider that your first option for testing.
When you arrive at one of these drive-through testing locations, 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.
Testing is still available by appointment for symptomatic people and asymptomatic people 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.
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 Muskoka Assessment Centres and community paramedics do not have test results nor do they control the length of time it takes to process COVID tests.
Monday June 22 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed 12 pm to 12:30 pm)
Tuesday June 23 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed 12 pm to 12:30 pm)
Wednesday June 24 – 10:00 am –5:00 pm (closed 12 pm to 12:30 pm)
Location: Bracebridge SportsPlex – 110 Clearbrook Trail, Bracebridge, ON
Thursday June 25 – 10 a.m. –– 5 p.m. (closed noon to 12:30 p.m.)
Friday June 26 – 10 am– 5 p.m. (closed noon to 12:30 p.m.)
Saturday June 27 – 10 am – 5 p.m. (closed noon to 12:30 p.m.)
Location: Canada Summit Centre – 20 Park Dr.
BARRIE’S RVH EXTENDS HOURS TO JUNE 30:
If you can’t make it in Muskoka Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) in Barrie has extended its hours of operation for Clinic C, the drive-thru COVID-19 screening clinic.
In the past week RVH has screened almost 500 people to accommodate the increased number of people requiring a screening test.
In response RVH has extended the hours of Clinic C from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting June 24 to June 30 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Level 2 – Atrium entrance (roundabout with the three flagpoles)
WHO: Any member of the public who is asymptomatic and wants to be tested. People who are symptomatic should still go to the Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre located at 490 Huronia Road, or if the symptoms are severe, to RVH’s Emergency department. The Prince William walk-in clinic, located at 829 Big Bay Point Rd., is also providing COVID-19 testing.
HOW: Drive up to the Atrium entrance and stay in your car. If on foot please wait by the benches close to the entrance. Appointments can be booked by calling 705-728-9090 Ext: 49910. Those with an appointment are asked to drive up to Clinic C and into the roundabout and park in the spots marked ‘A’ or ‘B’. People who have been screened are provided with instructions on how to find their results online. Ontario residents need a health card in order to view their results, all non-residents will be called with results.