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Coronavirus: Mobile test site in Dorchester, Ont., reaches capacity before open

It was a busy Wednesday for health-care workers in Dorchester as the Middlesex-London Paramedic Service officially launched its mobile COVID-19 testing unit.The pop-up clinic was scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the town’s Outdoor Recreation Complex.By 10:42 a.m., the MLPS announced via Twitter that they had reached capacity for the day.Similar sights have been seen at London’s two COVID-19 assessment centres, which have reached capacity nearly every day since mid-September.Dozens of vehicles in line already at the @MLPS911 mobile #COVID19 testing unit in Dorchester. Set up at the Outdoor Recreation Complex, the unit reached capacity a little more than 15 minutes before open (The unit’s hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) #MiddlesexCounty pic.twitter.com/jF4ylNmbLz— Andrew Graham (@andre...

Appointment bookings in the works for October amid massive COVID-19 testing demand in London, Ont.

With sustained, overwhelming demand for London’s COVID-19 assessment centres, the group responsible for operating the two locations is trying to find solutions and looking into introducing a telephone appointment booking system.Since Sept. 12, wait times have consistently climbed above two hours and for several days either one or both of the locations reached capacity well before the end of the day.The Middlesex-London Health Unit has been reporting wait times and offering up information about the centres, but the locations are actually operated by Thames Valley Family Health Team and London Health Sciences Centre in partnership with the paramedic service and with oversight from Ontario Health, according to local medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie. Story continues below advertiseme...

London’s COVID-19 assessment centres prioritizing patients in wake of massive lineups

After several days of lengthy line-ups and one day after London’s COVID-19 assessment centres reached capacity well before their closing times, the Middlesex-London Health Unit is announcing some changes.The assessment centres at Oakridge Arena and Carling Heights Optimist Centre had been generally operating on a “first come, first served” basis, but officials will now be “prioritizing patients with symptoms, those who require testing for medical procedures and contacts of a case.”“(Starting) today, assessment centres in London are going to stop testing people who don’t have symptoms and don’t have exposure,” said medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie.“So that will really shift the volume of tests and hopefully, as people get to understand that, you’ll see less lineups.” Story continu...

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