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Surrey councillor calling on Fraser Health to add more COVID-19 testing sites to growing city

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
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If you need a COVID test in Surrey be prepared to possibly wait hours as the city only has one testing site

One Surrey Councillor is now calling on Fraser Health to add more to the growing city

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — One Surrey city councillor is calling for on Fraser Health to add more testing sites to the city as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rises.

Coun. Brenda Locke tells NEWS 1130 she’s concerned n there aren’t enough testing sites in the city given its population.

“The city should be putting the pressure on Fraser Health to increase the number of sites,” she says.

“The numbers of COVID have gone up and certainly in our high schools … so it’s important that we get these sites up and running and fast.”

There are exposure alerts for at least eight high schools and four elementary schools in the Surrey School District.

Currently, there is one test collection site in Surrey.

“Surrey is always behind in terms of the contribution from the provincial government and things like a COVID site is a case in point. We need more resources put into this city,” she says.

“Vancouver seems to be the go-to all the time, but Surrey deserves an awful lot more attention.”

For comparison, the City of Vancouver has five testing sites.

Locke adds she had first-hand experience with the Surrey testing site when which she had to visit with her mom.

“You have to wait outside. And with the bad weather, that’s going to be really tough, especially for older people,” she notes.

And she adds, with the poor air quality a few days ago, “it was just really tough on people that were waiting outside.”

– With files from Tarnjit Parmar