Nearly 100 more COVID-19 tests done in one day at EOHU assessment centers

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit office at 1000 Pitt Street in Cornwall, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Health professionals performed another 89 tests at assessment centers across the region between Tuesday and Wednesday as the area gets ready to ramp up testing for more individuals.

Local Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis shared numbers Thursday afternoon showing there have been 885 coronavirus tests performed at the end of the day Wednesday. It was 796 on Tuesday. Those numbers don’t include any tests performed at hospitals or by paramedics.

The five centers across Cornwall, SD&G and Prescott-Russell have been two weeks with the exception of Hawkesbury, which has been open three-and-a-half weeks.

Here are the numbers of tests performed and the date the centers opened:

  • Cornwall – 221 Thursday (was 198 Wednesday) – opened April 2
  • Winchester – 67 Thursday (was 51 Wednesday) – opened April 1
  • Casselman – 192 Thursday (was 165 Wednesday) – opened April 2
  • Hawkesbury – 300 Thursday (was 292 Wednesday) – opened March 23
  • Rockland – 102 Thursday (was 90 Wednesday) – opened April 7

Roumeliotis says testing will be expanded today (Friday) to “a bigger swath of the population,” including people with non-specific symptoms, first responders and people who live with a first responders, pregnant women, cancer patients and “any” essential workers with symptoms.