COVID-19 assessment centre opens at Collingwood hospital

The public is asked not to show up to the Assessment Centre to be tested for COVID-19

All patients coming into Collingwood General and Marine Hospital are being screened upon arrival at a COVID-19 assessment centre.

Hospital officials said this should not be considered a testing centre.

Patients coming to the hospital for care will be required to enter through the Assessment Centre which is housed in a tent in front of the Emergency Entrance.

The purpose is to stream those arriving to the most appropriate area for care.

“Our priority is to continue to care for all emergency patients in the safest and most effective way possible so we urge the public not to show up to the Assessment Centre asking to be solely tested for COVID-19. Testing is restricted to patients who meet government screening criteria.” said Lauren Tindall, CGMH Chief Nurse Executive.

The centre is being staffed by CGMH phsyicians and employees with the assistance of Nurse Practioners from the Georgian Bay Family Health Team.