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Vaudreuil-Soulanges gets first COVID-19 testing centre


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The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) of Montérégie-Ouest has announced the opening of a COVID-19 screening clinic on its territory as of Tuesday, March 17. This screening clinic, by appointment only, will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, and can accommodate testing of up to 150 people with mild and moderate symptoms daily.

An address has not been made public as the clinic is not intended to take drop-in visits. The CISSS would only confirm the clinic will be in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region.

“It’s by appointment only for security purposes,” said Jade St-Jean of the CISSS Media Relations Services. “People (who believe they’re showing symptoms) must call 1-877-644-4545 first.” Callers will be screened by a nurse who will then ascertain whether they should be given an appointment. Anyone can call the number – a referral from a family doctor is not necessary.

“There’s no waiting room,” said St-Jean. “People will get tested without crossing paths with other patients. Even the building’s exit will be in a separate location.” Hygiene and sanitation measures will be reinforced and the entrance and exit of the clinic will be in separate locations. Test results are expected within 24 to 48 hours.

If a test shows positive for the virus, Public Health will follow up to determine who else may have been in contact with the affected person.

“This clinic will significantly increase the number of screenings, reduce the current pressure on our emergency rooms and ensure that we protect the most vulnerable people in our hospitals as much as possible,” said Yves Masse, CISSS-MO President and CEO in a communiqué. “The number of daily screenings can be improved if necessary.”

St-Jean said unless a companion is absolutely necessary – for a child or elderly person – patients are asked to come alone to the clinic.

“Safety being a priority, the rules are very strict in order to limit the spread of the virus among the population,” said Masse.

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