WRH to close COVID-19 assessment centre at Sportsplex

St.Clair College Sportsplex. (Photo by Adelle Loiselle)

After Friday, Windsor Regional Hospital will shut down its COVID-19 assessment centre at the Sportsplex at St. Clair College.

Any tests scheduled after Friday will be conducted at the assessment centre at the Ouellette Campus. If it is needed, a new centre will open at the Met Campus.

The Sportsplex will still be available for a field hospital if there is a spike in hospitalizations because of COVID-19.

The hospital said there has been a drop in the number of tests since the province ordered testing be done by appointment only.

“Our local testing capacity puts us in an enviable position to make adjustments depending on fluctuations in demand for tests,” said Karen Riddell, the vice president of critical care and clinical support services. “We will continue to monitor our testing needs, and we are ready to open the Met Campus assessment centre with short notice should the need for a second COVID-19 assessment centre arise.”

Before the province moved from a walk-up model for testing, Windsor Regional Hospital averaged 447 tests a day. Demand has dropped in the last week to about 200 daily.

The Ouellette Campus can test 330 people a day and can accommodate the current demand.

The hours at the centre have not changed. They are still from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and statutory holidays.

You can schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 test at the assessment centre online. Those who are asymptomatic can book an appointment at Shoppers Drug Stores in the city by going online.