COVID-19 testing centre moving to Wyoming

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EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story said the centre would be in Wyoming this week. Officials say more time is needed to make the move. 

Plympton-Wyoming’s Wellness Centre will soon be getting its first tenant.

The COVID-19 testing centre which is right now run out of the Central Lambton Family Health Team parking lot, will be moving to the new centre soon according to Mayor Lonny Napper.

The township has been transforming the former bank to a centre which will host medical professionals as well as educational programs for the community. It was donated to the town for $1 when TD Canada Trust closed the location and moved its clients into Petrolia.

Construction crews have been on site for a month. So far, two community groups have donated $50,000 to help finance the renovations and put aside money for upkeep of the building in the future. Napper says the township will continue raising money hoping to make the new centre self sustaining.

He expects the doors to be open this month, although because of the pandemic, there likely won’t be a grand opening for some time.

“It’s going forward,” says Napper. “We’re going to have doctors in there maybe two or three days a week and programs going on there, once it gets going. 

Then, we’ve got this COVID-19 testing centre and that will really put us on the map.”