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Walk-in COVID 19 testing now available on DTES

Last Updated Apr 22, 2020 at 1:25 pm PDT

FILE: A healthcare worker prepares to collect a sample to test for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing site on March 20, 2020. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Wilfredo Lee
Summary

Walk-in testing is now available seven days a week at 611 Powell St.

The site offers testing to people with symptoms, and those connected to confirmed cases

Referral to COIVID-19 response centres, hotels, and housing is also offered

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A dedicated COVID-19 testing site has been set up on the Downtown Eastside.

Located at 611 Powell St., testing and referrals to housing and medical care will be available on a walk-in basis.

The centre will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and mobile testing is available to those who can’t access the walk-in service.

Vancouver Coastal Health says the new site is meant to serve residents of the Downtown Eastside who are homeless, precariously housed, or otherwise vulnerable with symptoms including a cough, fever, or shortness of breath.

Anyone who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive is also eligible to be tested.