Increase of capacity at COVID testing centres to meet community needs

This post, from August 31, has information on increased capacity at COVID testing centres to ensure community needs are met.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

As we continue to see daily rises in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Hamilton, and with schools and post-secondary institutes in the area set to welcome students back, the City’s health care partners are anticipating an increase in demand for COVID testing.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Hamilton’s COVID-19 Testing Centres increase capacity to meet community needs

AUGUST 31 2021

The full City of Hamilton release can be found here.

HAMILTON, ON – With an increase in daily COVID-19 cases, demand for testing and anticipation of increased volumes in September as students return to school Hamilton’s COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centres are increasing capacity to meet the needs of Hamilton residents. 

  • Yesterday, the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Mountain COVID-19 Testing Centre located at Mohawk College (135 Fennell Ave West) expanded operating hours to  Mon-Fri: 8 am to 10:30 pm  and from 8 am to 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays. This site has capacity to test 1,000 tests daily.
  • Tomorrow, September 1, 2021 the West End Assessment Centre, 690 Main St. West will resume operations 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm This site will begin with a capacity of 200 tests daily building towards 500.

Residents can visit www.HamiltonCovidTest.ca for more information on COVID-19 testing and how to book an appointment for a test in Hamilton.

Testing Centres will only test those who fall within the Ontario provincial guidelinesThe Testing Centres are not permitted to and do not provide any swabs or testing required for travel or to attend/participate/gain entry to public events (i.e. sporting events, and concerts.) For asymptomatic testing please visit a pharmacy or lab offering these tests. A list of these locations is available on the provincial government website: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations

Symptomatic testing will also continue to take place to assist vulnerable populations such as those in long-term care facilities and retirement homes, and individuals experiencing homelessness. Mobile testing teams will continue to be operated by Hamilton Paramedic Service for those who are homebound, in addition to offering mobile testing in areas with low vaccine uptake and high COVID-19 rates.  

Further information from Ontario Health West regarding continued expansion to access testing in the community is anticipated. Additional locations will be announced as needed in the future.