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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Shorter Hours At Kincardine's COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Grey Bruce | by Matt Hermiz  

South Bruce Grey Health Centre says volume of people attending has been lower than anticipated.

One of three COVID-19 assessment centres in Grey Bruce is reducing hours, as the amount of people attending daily has been lower than expected.

South Bruce Grey Health Centre says the hours of operation at the Kincardine Hospital's assessment centre will drop to 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily, as of Saturday, March 28.

A statement from the hospital organization says the mobile assessment centre saw 23 people attend on the first day it opened -- last Thursday, March 19.

Since then, only about 10-13 people have been attending on a daily basis.

In a statement, South Bruce Grey Health Centre CEO Michael Barrett says the low volume is a good sign people are listening to the advice of public health officials and staying home and isolating if they have mild symptoms.

"By reducing the hours of operation for the assessment centre we are confident that we will continue to meet the needs of the community while reserving our health care human resources for when we need it most," Barrett says.

There are two other COVID-19 assessment centres in Grey Bruce, at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital and Hanover and District Hospital.

Owen Sound's is open daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., while Hanover's operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Health officials remind only those who have coronavirus symptoms and are having trouble managing at home should attend an assessment centre. 

South Bruce Grey Health Centre notes testing for COVID-19 only occurs on high-risk patients, "due to limited supplies of swabs".

Those who have mild symptoms should not attend an assessment centre. A self-assessment tool to evaluate your symptoms is available at

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Most patients experience only mild symptoms, and recover fully without treatment within two weeks.

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