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Drive-through testing to be offered in Fort William First Nation

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Superior North EMS will be conducting drive-through COVID-19 testing on Saturday May 30 for people living on Fort William First Nation
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Paramedic James Frizado of Superior North EMS conducts drive-through COVID-19 held last month in Thunder Bay. (Photo by Ian Kaufman, tbnewswatch.com)

FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION, Ont. - People living in Fort William First Nation will be given the opportunity to be tested for COVID-19 this weekend.

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit announced it will be holding drive-through testing on Saturday, May 30 on Fort William First Nation in partnership with the Superior North EMS Community Paramedicine Program.

“Testing is an important part of the overall response to this pandemic,” said Dr. Janet DeMille, Medical Officer of Health. “This testing event will help identify individuals who may be infected with the COVID-19 virus and will provide valuable community level surveillance to help protect the community and to better understand the spread of the virus in this area.”

All members living on Fort William First Nation will be eligible to be tested. The testing will take place at the Fort William First Nation Community Hall at 400 Anemki Drive between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and individuals can be tested while remaining in their vehicles.

Those with any symptom, even mild ones, are encouraged to be tested. Testing is also available for people who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19 and for those who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including essential workers, regardless of symptoms.

Appointments must be made in advance and no walk-ins will be accepted. Individuals should contact the TBDHU at (807) 625-5900 or 1-888-294-6630 and they will be assessed and scheduled for testing.

Anyone in any community who meets the above critiera can be tested at COVID-19 assessment centres and through the Superior North EMS Community Paramedicine Program. 

For more information, visit the Thunder Bay District Health Unit website.




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