Peterborough’s drive-through COVID-19 testing centre relocating to meet higher demand

Centre will move from Northcrest Arena to Eastgate Memorial Park in East City effective September 21

Peterborough's drive-through COVID-19 testing centre for people without symptoms will be located at Eastgate Memorial Park at 2150 Ashburnham Drive effective September 21, 2020. When visiting the testing centre, bring your Ontario Health Card and driver's license with you. (Photo courtesy of PRHC)
Peterborough's drive-through COVID-19 testing centre for people without symptoms will be located at Eastgate Memorial Park at 2150 Ashburnham Drive effective September 21, 2020. When visiting the testing centre, bring your Ontario Health Card and driver's license with you. (Photo courtesy of PRHC)

After a little more than a week at its new location at Northcrest Arena, Peterborough’s drive-through COVID-19 testing centre is relocating again — this time to help meet the higher demand for testing.

Effective next Monday (September 21), the centre for people without symptoms will be located at Eastgate Memorial Park at 2150 Ashburnham Drive in East City, north of Beavermead Park and across the road from the Trent-Severn Waterway headquarters.

The operating hours of the centre will remain the same: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.

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The centre is led by Peterborough Paramedics with support from Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), the City of Peterborough, and Peterborough Public Health. A joint media release announcing the relocation states that the centre has seen higher-than-normal testing volumes since Labour Day, with more than 420 people tested on Tuesday (September 15) alone.

“Lines at testing centres in communities across Ontario have grown longer in recent days, and testing capacity is limited in many areas,” the media release states. “People should first seek testing options within the area where they live, work, or attend school.”

The drive-through centre is intended only for people who don’t have symptoms of COVID-19. People with symptoms should call PRHC’s Assessment Centre at 705-876-5086 to determine whether an appointment is required.

When visiting the testing centre, bring your Ontario Health Card and driver’s license with you if you have them. The final day of the centre’s operation at Northcrest Arena will be Friday (September 18).

Eastgate Memorial Park is located at 2150 Ashburnham Drive, north of Marsdale Drive and south of Maria Street in Peterborough's East City. (Photo: Google Maps)
Eastgate Memorial Park is located at 2150 Ashburnham Drive, north of Marsdale Drive and south of Maria Street in Peterborough’s East City. (Photo: Google Maps)

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