Pharmacies offering COVID-19 tests in Southwestern Ontario

File photo of a Shoppers Drug Mart. Eloise Therien/ Global News

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

Read more: Ontario tightens long-term care visitor rules as coronavirus cases increase

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.

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“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.

Read more: Coronavirus testing to begin at select London, Ont., pharmacies as early as Sept. 29

“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.”

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Starting Tuesday, the following Shoppers Drug Mart stores will be offering COVID-19 tests:

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395 Southdale Rd. E, London
603 Fanshawe Park Rd. W, London
3090 Colonel Talbot Rd., London

St. Thomas:
107 Edward St., St. Thomas

3100 Howard Ave., Windsor
7720 Tecumseh Rd. E, Windsor
1760 Huron Church Rd., Windsor

1206 Michigan Ave., Sarnia

Bright’s Grove:
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

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