New drop-in testing sites increase access to COVID-19 screening
Health PEI has expanded access to COVID-19 testing with new drop-in, no-appointment screening clinics established across the province.
The drop-in options are available in O’Leary, Summerside, Borden, Charlottetown and Three Rivers (Montague). Specific hours of operation and locations are provided at the end of this release.
Testing at these locations is offered on a first-come, first serve basis, with no referral necessary for symptomatic children and any symptomatic household members, as well as essential workers and any of their symptomatic household members. However, only people who meet criteria for testing will be swabbed.
Scheduled testing clinics are still being offered in Charlottetown at the Eastlink Centre and in Summerside in Slemon Park for those who meet the criteria for testing. To access scheduled testing, people must call their family doctor or nurse practitioner for a referral, or call 8-1-1. If a test is required, they will be given a scheduled time to attend and instructions to follow.
Additionally, at the Borden testing site, there continues to be drop-in testing for essential workers with no symptoms of COVID-19. It is open Monday to Sunday, from 8am to 3pm without an appointment.
Testing is available for all members of the general public who have any COVID-19 symptoms (new or worsening cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, congestion, headache, muscle aches, unusual fatigue, acute loss of sense of smell or taste). It is also available for essential workers who must travel outside the Atlantic Bubble, as well as certain categories of health care workers and patients in hospital.