COVID-19 assessment centre to move from Mount Forest to Fergus

Centre will move into the old Groves hospital, effective Aug. 31 at 10am

FERGUS – The old Groves hospital in Fergus is set to become the new COVID-19 assessment centre in Wellington County and the centre in Mount Forest will close.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) confirmed the details on Aug. 26.

The lease is up on the site in Mount Forest and it is scheduled to close at 3pm this Friday, Aug. 28.

It will relocate to the former hospital site in Fergus and open on Monday, Aug. 31 at 10am.

The Fergus site, located at 235 Union Street East, will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am to 6pm.

The Mount Forest centre opened on April 20 in the Mount Forest Sportsplex and has since assessed 2,267 people and tested 2,249 (as of Aug. 19).

There is also an assessment centre in Guelph at 151 Victoria Road, and in Orangeville at 140 Rolling Hills Drive.

Getting tested

According to WDGPH, asymptomatic people should be tested if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or they are at risk of exposure through their employment.

All people with at least one of the following COVID-19 symptoms – even if mild – should be tested:

  • fever;
  • new onset of cough;
  • difficulty breathing;
  • chills;
  • fatigue, malaise, myalgia (muscle aches);
  • headache;
  • sore throat;
  • runny, stuffy or congested nose;
  • lost sense of smell or taste;
  • pink eye;
  • difficulty swallowing;
  • digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain); or
  • for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite or multi-system inflammatory vasculitis.

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