The Sioux Lookout community is advised that the Meno Ya Win Health Centre’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre has moved to a new location.

The centre had been operating out of a trailer in the hospital’s parking lot, but has now moved inside the hospital to a new secure space ahead of the winter season.

“This move will make access easier and addresses two challenges,” explains Samantha Brooks, Director of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.

“The first challenge is that with winter upon us, we need to ensure our staff and patients are safe from the elements. This move will see the Assessment Centre inside the hospital, with its own separate entrance, to ensure we can keep it open during inclement weather.”

The assessment centre’s entrance will be next to the emergency department, and will be clearly marked for patients coming in for COVID-19 tests. It will operate by appointment only, by calling 807-737-5880. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

“This also means we can open our Main Entrance eventually and that patients can use this parking lot to make it easier for them to access our facilities while reducing foot traffic through the Emergency Entrance during our busier weekday hours.”

Staff add that the main entrance will have screeners in place when it opens, and an announcement on the date is expected soon.

All residents are reminded that visitor restrictions within hospitals are still in effect, and anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or those who have come into contact with a case of COVID-19, are asked to schedule a test with the assessment centre as soon as possible.

Residents are also reminded to always practice all preventative health measures, such as hand washing, social distancing, wearing a mask and staying home if you’re sick.