BREAKING: Drive thru COVID-19 testing being set up in Alvinston

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Officials hope to test Brooke Central School students, teachers and families after school shutdown

Staff and students of Brooke Central School and their families will have easier access to COVID-19 testing Saturday and Sunday.

Lambton Public Health, the Central Lambton Family Health Team and Brooke-Alvinston are working together to set up a drive-thru testing center

It will be Saturday and Sunday between 9 am and 3 pm at the Brooke-Alvinston-Inwood Community Centre. Appointments will be available online at public health’s online booking program, getcorigan.ca

The move comes after public health officials shutdown Brooke Central School Wednesday after two children tested positive for variants of COVID-19. There are six children who are COVID-19 positive in all.

Officials hope more testing will help find any cases before it spreads further. Kris Reddick is the Emergency Management Coordinator in Brooke Alvinston. He says Lambton’s regular testing clinics were already operating at capacity when public health ordered the school closed Wednesday.

The drive thru testing clinic gives families a convienent way make sure everything is fine. “We’re trying not to overwhelm the other testing facilities.”

It also gives public health “a better idea if it has spread…and get it under control.”

During Thursday’s council meeting, Mayor Dave Ferguson says public health shared with him 140 of 214 students are self isolating.

How to book

Online at https//get corigan.ca/testing

* choose the Brooke Alvinston Covid Clinic from drop down list If unable to book online, email [email protected]

Please include your phone number to receive a call back to book

This is a drive through model, if you don’t have transportation, please walk up to be tested.

Please be advised these testing clinics are meant for residents from Brooke-Alvinston – Inwood and Watford-Warwick communities and/or those effected by the COVID-19 outbreak at Brooke Central Elementary School.