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Coronavirus: Hours changed at some Winnipeg COVID-19 testing sites

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says hours at three city COVID-19 testing sites will be changed during the holidays. EPA/Jorge Muniz

Three Winnipeg COVID-19 testing sites are changing their hours over the holidays.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says the Thunderbird House testing (715 Main St.) will close Dec. 25-28, reopen under regular hours from Dec. 29-31, and  close again Jan. 1.

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The site at Dakota Medical Centre (17-845 Dakota St.) will be closed Dec. 24 and 25, but will reopen under regular hours Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.

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The testing site at Red River College’s Minor Illness and Injury Clinic (2055 Notre Dame Ave.) will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 24, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 25 and 26. The site will resume regular hours between Dec. 27 and Dec. 31 and will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 1.

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The WRHA says all other Winnipeg testing sites will remain open under their regular hours during the holiday season.

A full list of testing sites across Manitoba can be found on the province’s website.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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