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Essex-Windsor EMS Deputy Chief Justin Lammers told reporters at the drive-thru centre he is confident the health unit’s testing goal will be reached within days.
“The line is quite long,” he said. “We know the public wants it, and we’re getting it done. It’s going to give us a good snapshot of what we’re looking at in our community in terms of infection.”
Testing is still available at assessment centres located at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Ouellette campus and Erie Shores HealthCare in Leamington. Local members of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities can visit the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre, 1405 Tecumseh Rd. W., to be tested.
Ahmed said he is “anxiously awaiting” further information on antibody testing in Ontario, with conversations underway at the provincial level on how and when such testing might start.
The focus of individuals and employers should remain on infection prevention and control, Ahmed said. A person who tests negative for the disease now could still contract it in the future.