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COVID-19 test site set up to complement Red River College parking



Dr. Gerald Brennan wants to help.

That’s why he, along with medical colleagues at The Minor Illness & Injury Clinic on Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg, is putting on and taking off personal protective equipment to work at the new COVID-19 testing site, located adjacent to the Red River College campus on Notre Dame Avenue.

New coronavirus cases – and deaths, a record 19 on Saturday – continue to rise in Manitoba.

It is the second most affected province after Alberta.

On Saturday, 349 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in Manitoba, 51 of whom are in the intensive care unit.

In the meantime, 2,981 tests were completed on Friday, bringing the total number of completed since the inception of the Manitoba pandemic to 369,154.

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Brennan said the bookable website is a collaboration between Shared Health, the clinic and the university that began in October as a complement to the province’s existing research infrastructure.

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“It was fantastic to see these people get together and create something that is pretty efficient and hassle-free in no time,” said Brennan.

“We have a group of IT specialists, a group of doctors and nurses, we have Red River College, which has been a fantastic partner, Shared Health (Winnipeg Regional Health Board). actually able to get this site up and running in a very short time to try and meet the testing demand ”.

Tests are booked online, which Brennan says reduces waiting times.

“We can make the test run fairly quickly and with as little inconvenience as possible for people, that was our motivation,” he said, noting that the average waiting time is around five minutes.

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