It’s been open for weeks, and seen hundreds of people in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the time has unfortunately come for the COVID-19 Assessment Clinic to expand. Starting on Monday, the clinic will open in its new home at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre in order to increase capacity, and increase accessibility.
“This new location for the Assessment Clinic is a key part of preparing our city for the next phase of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health, in a statement. “The ability to quickly and efficiently see visitors combined with the ability to rapidly scale up clinic operations are important factors in effectively managing our response to COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve.”
The present assessment clinic has been open on Delhi Street since March 17, just a few doors down from Guelph General Hospital. A Globe and Mail report on Friday noted that Guelph’s hospital has been hit hardest in terms of the most number of staff members infected with COVID-19 with 21 cases in all as of Thursday night. This information has not been independently verified.
“The Guelph General Hospital and the Guelph Family Health Team have been operating the assessment clinic on Delhi Street since early March and have assessed 826 individuals and tested 321,” said Marianne Walker, CEO of Guelph General Hospital. “I have every confidence that the new assessment centre will assist many more residents in a timely and clinically safe manner.”
The clinic on Delhi Street will close at 4 pm on Sunday so that staff might have time to move to the new location. The hours of the new clinic at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre will remain the same, 8 am to 8 pm daily.
Also remaining the same are the conditions for a visit to the assessment clinic. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health reminds everyone that the proper protocol is that you will be referred to the assessment clinic by your doctor or other physician, and that they’re your fist stop if you show moderate symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath. If you have mild symptoms, self-isolate at home, and if you have severe symptoms, call 911 or go the emergency room immediately.
“The Guelph Family Health Team has been working hard to ensure the assessment centre facilitates as many tests for local residents as possible,” said Ross Kirkconnell, Executive Director of the Guelph Family Health Team. “We are looking forward to continuing this work at the new site.”
According to Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, the number of COVID-19 cases they’re monitoring by the end of business on Friday is 82; 22 new cases have been added in the last 48 hours, seven have been resolved, and there’s been one fatality. There are 33 cases of COVID-19 in Guelph.