COVID-19 test sites in Winnipeg reach capacity Tuesday

Winnipeg’s four testing sites for the novel coronavirus reached capacity Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the WRHA confirmed Winnipeg’s sites were full and they had to turn some people away.

“Staffing scheduling issues contributed to some delays at testing sites in Winnipeg yesterday but were addressed by mid-morning, Sept 15,” the authority wrote in a statement to Global News on Wednesday.

Winnipeg COVID-19 testing site hits capacity for 2nd straight day

Winnipeg COVID-19 testing site hits capacity for 2nd straight day

“Volumes at Winnipeg testing sites are increasing, with all sites having reached full capacity by mid-afternoon (Tuesday).”

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Site volumes vary daily, the email said, with the Main Street location generally being the busiest.

The WRHA is “actively working to find solutions to increase testing capacity and staffing within Winnipeg,” and people should continue to go get tested if they have symptoms or if they have been advised to do so by Manitoba Public Health, the authority said.

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Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, has been urging people who have symptoms to be tested, but says those who are asymptomatic shouldn’t be unless they’ve been directed to do so.

There were 1,447 tests done on Tuesday in Manitoba.

Winnipeg’s four testing sites are MPI Drive-Thru Community Testing Site at 1284 Main St.; Pembina Testing Site at 2735 Pembina Hwy.; Thunderbird House at 705 Main St.; and St. Mary’s Testing Site at 604 St. Mary’s Rd.

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