There is a great demand for COVID tests as infections increase

Local COVID-19 test centers are working overtime to keep up with demand.

With increasing case numbers throughout the county, there has also been an increase in the number of PCR tests performed at assessment centers in Sarnia, Wyoming and Grand Bend.

Sarah Milner, CEO of Petrolia’s Central Lambton Family Health Team and Co-lead of Local Assessment Center Planning Table, said people are booking more appointments at multiple locations.

She said individuals will go to the earliest reservation and not cancel the others.

“If people do not come to their appointment, it is extremely important that they cancel that appointment,” Milner said. “People check every hour to see if there are openings due to demand. Sarnia-Lambton, so there are hundreds of places that people book and do not show up that other people could use. ”

Milner said they test five to eight people every 15 minutes.

“So the people who have symptoms and have also been identified by Lambton Public Health as a close contact, these are the people who should come in for testing,” she said. “For someone who is just curious about whether they might have COVID without symptoms, maybe they should visit a family member or go to some kind of event and just want a test, now is not the time for these people to get through and stay tested. “

Residents are reminded that Bluewater Health emergency rooms in Sarnia and Petrolia are not COVID-19 test sites.

To book an appointment for a PCR test, visit the Lambton Public Health website. Tests are also available at four Sarnia pharmacies.

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