VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Following delays and lineups at some COVID-19 testing locations in the Lower Mainland, B.C.’s health minister is hinting more locations and longer hours are on the way.
Adrian Dix said Tuesday the changes are to address the surge in demand.
“We’re obviously going to expand capacity to meet demand because we want people to be able to get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19, even the mildest of symptoms.”
Dix said the province is working to expand its capacity to 20,000 tests a day by the fall when the flu season will make diagnosing symptoms even more critical.
“The symptoms of cold and flu often mimic those of COVID-19, so we’re expecting and we’ll need more capacity for testing.”
Currently, the province’s capacity is about 8,000 tests a day, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that many people are being tested daily.
Meanwhile, Vancouver Coastal Health has opened a new COVID-19 assessment centre on East 7th Avenue.
New site is north parking lot of Vancouver Community College on East 7th between Keith and Glen Drive.
Open daily 9am-7:30pm for walk-in and drive-through.
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Another centre is expected to open in North Vancouver in the coming weeks, while operating hours in Richmond will be increased.