Staff with the Dryden Regional Health Centre’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre are now allowed to test anyone for COVID-19 if they’re worried that they have symptoms, and residents won’t have to wait for a referral.

Initially, COVID-19 testing was done by referral from primary care physicians or Northwestern Health Unit staff. The change became effective on May 25, following Ontario moving into the first phase of their reopening framework.

COVID-19 testing is now available to individuals who are:

- Symptomatic – most common symptoms include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle ache, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose.

- Asymptomatic – without symptoms, but concerned about exposure to known or potential cases of COVID-19,

- Asymptomatic and have risk from exposure in the line of duty – essential workers, frontline workers, healthcare workers, etc.

Residents who want to be tested are required to book an appointment at the assessment centre by emailing assess@drhc.on.ca, or by calling 807-223-3737.

The Dryden Regional Health Centre’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located at the Dingwall Medical Clinic Building at 40 Goodall Street, and can be entered from the first exterior entrance on the left. Residents should not enter the Dingwall Medical Clinic.

The centre is open Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.