Starting Friday, a driving test center will open at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.
The test site will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. this weekend from Friday to Sunday, and will operate in addition to the existing east and west end assessment centers.
Hours beyond this weekend will soon be shared, depending on the city.
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Drive-thru will be managed by the Hamilton and McMaster family health teams and will include primary care clinicians.
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Although the provincial criteria for COVID-19 has expanded, the testing process remains the same, which means that a referral from a family doctor or public health is required for screening.
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The test criteria now include symptomatic people from vulnerable populations, including health workers, first responders and children attending essential daycares.
Hamilton Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson said expanding the criteria was great news because the city’s public health department currently has all the supplies it needs to speed up testing.
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The wait time for test results has also decreased significantly. At one point, she said, it took up to 10 or 11 days for these results to come back.
“Considering the fact that people have generally been sick for a few days before getting tested, it takes a very long time to wait,” said Dr. Richardson.
“These figures are therefore much lower. Often times we get results within 48 hours. Sometimes it takes a little longer because this lab capacity is always on the move. “
Since Hamilton’s first two assessment centers opened on March 16, public health has seen 2,850 visits and 2,270 people have been tested.
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