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Barrie, Ont.’s COVID-19 assessment centre transitions from drive-thru to indoor appointments

The facility on Sperling Drive will also serve as a cold and flu clinic, where patients with moderate symptoms common to COVID-19, the flu or a cold will be assessed by a doctor. Zou Zheng/Xinhua via ZUMA Press

Barrie, Ont.’s COVID-19 assessment centre, which is operated through the Royal Victoria Regional Centre (RVH), is transitioning from drive-thru testing to indoor appointments.

The facility on Sperling Drive will also serve as a cold and flu clinic, where patients with moderate symptoms common to COVID-19, the flu or a cold will be assessed by a doctor.

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“RVH is testing more than 400 patients each day,” RVH’s operations director for the emergency department, intensive care unit and COVID-19 clinics, Stella Johnson, said in a statement. “As demand continues to grow, this new technology makes our testing process easier and quicker for our staff, as well as provide(s) more reliable results online for patients.”

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If required, RVH will continue to accommodate some patients for drive-thru coronavirus testing.

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To improve the testing process, RVH says it’s launched a new technology that allows staff to use a handheld device to scan people’s health card or driver’s licence.

The COVID-19, cold and flu clinic in Barrie operates daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments are required.

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