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People In Winnipeg Want COVID-19 Tests So Badly That Sites Have To Turn Some Away

As the global pandemic continues, more people want to make sure they don't have the virus. In Canada, Manitoba's COVID-19 cases remain relatively low. However, more people are asking to be tested, and it's pushing some sites to their limits.

In an email to Narcity, a spokesperson for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said that there has been a "significant increase" in demand for getting tested at Winnipeg community sites.

On July 21, the sites reported a record number of tests, with 568 being conducted in a single day.

The previous record was set just the day before, with 523 tests on July 20.

"The community testing sites have been managing the demand to the best of their ability," the email reads, noting that a surge of people looking to be tested pushed the Main Street drive-through location to capacity on July 21.

People who arrived after the site had reached its limit were redirected to two other testing facilities in the city. 

The Main Street testing site was also closed on July 2 due to extreme heat, according to a WRHA news release.

"We are in the process of implementing short term plans to manage this surge in demand while continuing preparation to ensure our community testing services are equipped to be able to manage the potential for sustained demand as we enter fall and the flu season," the spokesperson wrote.

The WRHA website features a self-assessment tool for anyone who thinks they may have the virus. They are also urging anyone who is experiencing symptoms to get tested.

As of July 21, the province of Manitoba has had 366 cases of COVID-19, with 41 being currently active and 318 having recovered. There has also been a total of 77,551 tests conducted, with a daily count of just over 1,200.

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