Ontario set to open first wave of COVID-19 assessment centres

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TORONTO -- Dedicated COVID-19 assessment centres in Ontario are set to open in the next several days.

The government says the first wave of such centres will be facilities at Peel Memorial (20 Lynch St. in Brampton), The Ottawa Hospital, North York General Hospital, Mackenzie Health in York Region, Scarborough Health Network, and Trillium Health Partners in Peel Region.

The centres will be located in separate spaces to protect other patients.

More centres are set to be established across the province in the next few weeks.

Ontario has also approved new physician billing codes for telephone assessments, which will allow doctors to do more evaluations that way rather than having people come into their clinics.

The province is also in the early stages of planning to establish at-home testing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 12, 2020.

The Canadian Press

Editor’s note: The province recently clarified that the centre will be located at Peel Memorial, not Brampton Civic. 

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