Ontario is now preparing to implement new measures to help combat the coronavirus. Michael Garron Hospital announced on March 9, that they would be opening a COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre later this month. The centres, which will allow for quicker screenings of people showing symptoms of the virus, could also feature drive-thru options.

According to a press release, the new screening center is planning on opening at 840 Coxwell Ave. by the end of the month and will be available by appointment only. 

"The COVID-19 Assessment Centre will be by appointment only and will open with limited hours; this will be re-assessed as community demand changes," the statement reads.

"In addition, the Centre will continue to explore other ways to provide rapid-testing for COVID-19 as cases increase; at a later stage, this may include a drive-through component as seen in other areas of the world."

CBC reported that the new screening centre will reportedly feature a separate entrance from the hospital, which will allow healthcare workers to treat people in their cars.

The hope is that the fast-pass testing will help alleviate the strain the virus has put on hospitals and emergency rooms.

"Several regions around the world, including South Korea, where COVID-19 is spreading in the community, are using the drive-thru assessment model with success,"  Mark Dan, vice president of clinical programs at Michael Garron Hospital, told The Toronto Star.

"It really is a drive-thru; you get a quick nasal swab that will be sent for testing, answer a few screening questions, and then are able to drive back home," Dan concluded.

"It keeps people in their own cars, it's a quick process, and they can receive their lab results virtually. That's an example we've seen around the world that we are implementing here."

One of Ontario's latest confirmed case of COVID-19 was a Sudbury man who recently visited Toronto. 

He attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention last week, a conference, which hosts 26,000 people from 132 countries.

Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford attended the event.

Trudeau announced on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, that he had yet to be tested for the virus.

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