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Michael Garron Hospital, formerly Toronto East General Hospital, announced it is opening a coronavirus screening centre to test for COVID-19 at a medical building in the city’s east end.
The COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre will open in mid-March at 840 Coxwell Ave., which is just across the street from the hospital.
The hospital said patients will be screened for symptoms as well as travel and contact history upon arrival at the centre. There will be a separate entrance for these screenings from the rest of the building, which will still be providing its regular medical services.
After screenings, the patient will be assessed by a doctor or nurse and tested for COVID-19, if the assessment indicates it’s needed, the hospital said.
“Only patients who meet certain criteria will be tested for COVID-19,” the hospital’s statement read. “The test is similar to that of other respiratory illnesses and involves taking a sample from the back of the nasal cavity with a swab.”
Hospital officials added that Toronto Public Health will follow up with those who tested positive within two days.
The hospital is strongly requesting patients who do not have symptoms not to visit the centre for obvious reasons.
“The centre will continue to explore other ways to provide rapid testing for COVID-19 as cases increase; at a later stage, this may include a drive-through component as seen in other areas of the world,” the statement added.
The hospital has teamed up with East Toronto Health Partners, Ontario Health Team, East Toronto Family Practice Network and South East Toronto Family Health Team for the centre.