A massive COVID-19 screening clinic has just opened in Trois-Rivières. With the onset of cold weather, the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS) of Mauricie-et-du-Center-du-Québec wanted to avoid the endless queues experienced during mobile clinics.
On leaving the clinic on Friday afternoon, the patients met reported having waited an average of 15 to 20 minutes. The health authorities are delighted with this first day of activity.
About thirty workers are permanently mobilized and 16 cubicles, where the tests are carried out, can accommodate the public.
The CIUSSS aims to screen more than 600 people per day, and we could reach 1000 if the need arose, we are assured.
After Drummondville and Trois-Rivières, where the number of COVID-19 cases is exploding, the CIUSSS is looking for premises in Shawinigan and Victoriaville for the opening of such clinics. Until November 1, walk-in screening tests are still available. After this date, an appointment must be made, by phone or via the clicsanté.ca portal. The CIUSSS affirms that the failures of the congested telephone lines of the last weeks are a thing of the past.