Hamilton pop-up rapid test centre scheduled for Dec. 16

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Published December 15, 2021 at 5:36 pm

Dundurn Castle will become a pop-up rapid test centre tomorrow, as provincial and local health authorities scramble to get in front of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 16), a GO-VAXX bus will be parked at the national historical site at 610 York Blvd. in Hamilton to offer voluntary rapid antigen screening to individuals. According to a government press release, “People without symptoms of COVID-19 or people who have not had recent exposure to someone with COVID-19 will be able to pick up a package of free tests from a pop-up site, while supplies last, or get a free test performed on-site.”

Hamilton had 86 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Dec. 15), raising the city’s seven-day rolling average to 56. The city is now up to 28 active outbreaks after eight more were declared on Tuesday. Six of those are associated with schools.

Some 29 pop-up rapid test centres are scheduled to be held between Wednesday and Sunday in the Central and Southern Ontario regions.

There was curiosity online about the scheduling of the rapid test pop-ups by the the Progressive Conservative government, under Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Chrstine Elliott.

Kingston, which had a whopping 134 new cases on Wednesday, will only have one. Peel Region, which had 132 new cases, will have five rapid test pop-ups over the next few days. But Ottawa, which had 117 cases over roughly the same population as Peel, will not have a pop-up centre.

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