Hours changed at COVID-19 assessment centre in Mount Forest

Public health officials have also updated the list of criteria for getting tested for the virus

MOUNT FOREST – The hours at the COVID-19 assessment centre here have changed.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) officials announced the new hours on Twitter on May 9.

The centre, located at the Mount Forest and District Sportsplex (850 Princess Street), will now operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 6pm (closed on weekends and from 12:30 to 1:30pm daily).

It was previously open from Tuesday to Saturday.

To make an appointment at the Mount Forest Centre, the only one in Wellington County, call 519-323-0255 ext. 5082

Since its opening on April 21, the Mount Forest assessment centre has assessed 202 patients and tested 196 (as of May 7).

Public health officials say 2% of the patients tested in Mount Forest were positive, while 26% of those tested are still awaiting results, and the vast majority (72%) had tests that came back negative or inconclusive.

The total stats for all three regional COVID-19 assessment centres – Mount Forest, Guelph and Orangeville – are included in the image below.

WDGPH image

As of May 9, there are 323 COVID-19 cases, 151 resolved cases and 30 deaths in the WDGPH region.

In Wellington County there are 52 cases, 32 resolved cases and two deaths.

In Ontario there are 19,944 cases, 14,383 resolved cases and 1,599 deaths. Nationwide there are 66,780 cases.

Getting tested

Public health officials have also updated the criteria for getting tested.

According to the new criteria, people should go to an assessment centre if they have at least one of the following: fever and/or new onset of cough or difficulty breathing – or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • chills;
  • muscle aches;
  • fatigue;
  • headache;
  • sore throat;
  • nasal congestion;
  • lost sense of smell or taste;
  • hoarse voice
  • difficulty swallowing
  • digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain); or
  • for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite.

Patients with severe symptoms should visit their nearest emergency room or call 911 immediately.

There is a self-assessment tool on the public health website that will give clear direction on what action to take given the presenting symptoms.

For more information on assessment sites and testing visit the WDGPH website.