Manitoba, Winnipeg partner on dedicated coronavirus testing site for front-line responders


Manitoba health-care workers and first responders will have access to dedicated COVID-19 testing appointments beginning Friday, said the province’s health minister.

Cameron Friesen said Tuesday the initiative includes a partnership with the City of Winnipeg on the creation of a new dedicated drive-up testing site, planned for the parking lot of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service training academy on McPhillips Street.

“Health-care workers have been on the front line of the fight against COVID-19, frequently placing themselves at greater risk of exposure to the virus in order to provide treatment and care for patients,” said Friesen.

“Expanding access to timely testing recognizes their immeasurable importance to our health system fight against COVID-19.”

Friesen said the site will be staffed by licensed paramedics who aren’t currently working in the field, and is expected to handle between 40 and 60 tests each weekday.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will also open up a limited number of appointments specifically for health workers and first responders at the Pembina Highway and St. Mary’s Road sites.