Drive-thru COVID-19 test site in Prince Albert temporarily closed due to weather

There were seven more positive tests for the coronavirus reported in Waterloo Region Thursday. Photo by Robin Utrecht/ABACAPRESS.COM

Due to frigid temperatures, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) says its drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Prince Albert will be temporarily closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning provincewide after an arctic ridge of high pressure allowed for a very cold air mass to settle over southern Saskatchewan. The federal agency said the bitterly cold air will remain over the Prairies for much of next week.

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The test site at the Con​​e Shop Car Wash, 890 6th Ave. East is anticipated to return to regular operations on Monday, Feb. 8, at 8 a.m., according to SHA.

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Health officials said individuals seeking COVID-19 testing should call 811 for a referral to the testing and assessment centre.

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