New COVID-19 screening site to open in Winnipeg

By | March 19, 2020

WINNIPEG — A new COVID-19 testing site is set to open in Winnipeg on Bison Drive at an MPI centre’s claims garage.

The health minister said they will have new information coming on when that centre is set to open.

There are currently nine community screening sites across the province, including one that opened Brandon on Wednesday. The province said a drive-through site is set to open in Steinbach Friday.

The minister said more locations will open in the future.

The efforts being taken by the province are for a very important reason, said Health Minister Cameron Friesen: to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

“We need compliance of Manitobans,” he said. “We need their cooperation.”

Friesen also said the province has set up virtual doctor visit and virtual psychotherapy appointments to follow social distancing protocols.

This would be done by telephone or a remote video feed for diagnosis, treatment, prescription or prescription renewals.

“This is new, but all Manitobans can understand how important this is to help observe social distancing instructions,” Friesen said.

Friesen said they’ve reached an agreement with health-care labour union to allow staff to be redeployed and moved into areas of “surge.”

“It’s forward planning, it is contingency planning and I just want to cite the fact that everyone came together and put patients first in a plan that would provide certainty and ensure that staff will be there for patients,” he said.

The total of lab-confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 remains at 17 as of Thursday morning.

This is a developing story, more details to come.


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