Local COVID-19 clinic reduces hours of operation due to heat wave

Avleen K Mokha

A clinic is set up in Park Extension, with guidance from the Montreal’s Regional Public Health department, to screen residents for the coronavirus illness known as COVID-19. Due to the heat wave, the testing clinic will limit its hours of operation.

Weather forecast predicts high temperatures Tuesday, Wednesday, and possibly Thursday.

“Temperatures will rise to 30 and 33 Celsius,” the Weather Network alert said. “Corresponding humidex values will range from 35 to 38.”

Testing at the COVID-19 clinic usually lasts 10 am to 4 pm. The clinic will now close by 2 pm because of the heat expected in the afternoon.

Updated clinic details

Days: Monday, May 25; Tuesday, May 26, Wednesday, May 27

Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m *previously 4 p.m.

Location: In front of the Parc metro station, on Hutchison Street.

Testing remains free, regardless of immigration status or health insurance coverage. Residents can come even if they don’t have health insurance or if their insurance has expired.

No appointment is needed. People are especially encourage to come if they have flu-like symptoms or have been in touch with a person with COVID-19.

A third visit

The clinic will be set up for a third time in Park Extension. Those who cannot get tested tomorrow or Wednesday may benefit from the visit.

However, health services have not yet announced the dates.

The location is also unconfirmed. Sources suggest the clinic might be placed further up north for its third visit.

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