There are 13 Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Southwestern Ontario that can now test for the novel coronavirus.
Loblaw Public Relations said the pharmacies will offer COVID-19 testing for high priority people who do not have any symptoms or reason to believe they may have COVID-19.
Under criteria established by the province, high priority people include the following:
- Residents or workers in long-term care home
- Visitors to a long-term care home
- Residents or workers in homeless shelter
- International students that have passed their 14-day quarantine period
- Farm workers
- Individuals who require a COVID-19 test for international travel clearance
- Self-identified Indigenous people
Premier Doug Ford made the announcement on Friday that testing would begin in a number of Ontario cities, including Brantford, Brights Grove, Cambridge, Chatham, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara Falls, Sarnia, St. Catharines, Stratford, St. Thomas, Windsor, and Woodstock.
“We have had great cooperation with our provincial counterparts since the onset of this pandemic, and I am thankful for the Premier’s rapid response to this urgent appeal,” London Mayor Ed Holder said on Friday.
“There are a number of benefits to this service, including the convenient locations and hours of pharmacies, and the separation of symptomatic and asymptomatic patients,” Loblaw Public Relations said in a statement.
“We are proud to be a part of the solution for our communities and grateful for the opportunity to do so.”
Starting Tuesday, the following Shoppers Drug Mart stores will be offering COVID-19 tests:
395 Southdale Rd. E, London
603 Fanshawe Park Rd. W, London
3090 Colonel Talbot Rd., London
107 Edward St., St. Thomas
3100 Howard Ave., Windsor
7720 Tecumseh Rd. E, Windsor
1760 Huron Church Rd., Windsor
1206 Michigan Ave., Sarnia
2600 Lakeshore Rd., Bright’s Grove
320 Colborne St. W, Brantford
416 St Clair St., Chatham
511 Huron St., Stratford
333 Dundas St., Woodstock
–With files from Global’s Matthew Trevithick