CK COVID-19 Assessment Centre seeing a fair number of no-shows

Nasal swabs in test tubes. File photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / ayo88.

If you need a COVID-19 test in Chatham-Kent and you’re looking at an extended wait time, you may want to call ahead to see if someone else has cancelled.

That’s the message from Chatham-Kent Health Alliance President and CEO Lori Marshall.

She said the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the St. Clair College Healthplex in Chatham has seen around 100 people per day come through over the past week, adding that only about 40 per cent of the attendees are symptomatic.

The rest of the local attendees are not showing any symptoms, but oftentimes still need to take a test in order to visit someone at a long-term care home or require a negative result before a pre-surgical booking.

Marshall said if you are trying to book an appointment online at the local centre, you may be looking at a wait time of around four days, but added you may be able to find an appointment sooner if you call ahead.

“We are seeing a fair degree of no-show people who maybe originally booked online and either things have changed for them or they have gone somewhere else,” said Marshall.

In order to cut down on wait times — and the number of open spots — the online booking system will now allow people to notify the Assessment Centre of cancellations online as well.

You can find the booking website with more instructions by clicking here.