A second community medical clinic will offer COVID-19 testing after hours as part of a partnership between the Manitoba government and Doctors Manitoba to expand testing capacity, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.
“This additional testing clinic is another way the Manitoba government is taking immediate action to protect Manitobans and ensure timely access to testing, which is so critical to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Pallister. “We’d like to thank our community clinic partners and their dedicated doctors and nurses for supporting our efforts to offer more testing options for Manitobans during this challenging time.”
The Minor Illness and Injury Clinic will be housing the new testing clinic, which will be a drive-thru format in the parking lot of Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus at 2055 Notre Dame Ave. in Winnipeg.
Testing will be available by appointment starting tomorrow. Appointments will be available through an online booking system. For information on how to make an appointment with the Minor Illness and Injury Clinic site, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/
The clinic will run COVID-19 testing Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m. Weekend appointments will also be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“As COVID-19 cases surge, getting a test easily and without delay will help to slow the spread,” said Dr. Cory Baillie, president, Doctors Manitoba. “Opening up more testing options in medical clinics is one of the many ways physicians are stepping up to fight this pandemic. Doctors from across this province urge Manitobans to stay home if they are sick and get tested.”
The Minor Illness and Injury Clinic joins Dakota Medical Centre as the second community clinic to offer testing. For a full list of testing sites in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/
“This is a time when we must all work together to do our part, and this is what Red River College does best – responding to the needs of our community,” said Fred Meier, president and CEO, RRC. “We are busy making the necessary preparations to ensure this site ready and easily accessible to all Manitobans who need it. We are proud to step forward and offer our expertise and facilities to further expand testing efforts through this important partnership with the Minor Illness and Injury Clinic and the Province of Manitoba.”
The province was proud to recently collaborate with Red River College to develop a micro-credential training option to expand the pool of providers able to collect COVID-19 specimens (e.g. nasal swabs) for testing, the premier said, adding three additional program intakes were announced Oct. 23 for the high-demand program.