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MPI Service Centre converted to a COVID-19 drive through testing site


Dauphin was among four new COVID-19 testing sites announced by the province late last week.
The drive-thru testing site at the Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre opened yesterday after the facility was turned over to Prairie Mountain Health at the end of business Thursday.
“Manitobans are working together during these very difficult times,” said Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton.
“I want to thank MPI for its continued community leadership and co-operation with this effort. Working together, we will overcome this challenge stronger than ever before.”
All remaining customer appointments scheduled at the Dauphin MPI office have been cancelled. Impacted customers will be contacted directly and advised of alternative options.
“Business will continue in the Parkland region, albeit a bit differently from what our customers are used to. But such efforts are for the greater good,” said MPI president and CEO Ben Graham.
The Dauphin testing site was one of four announced by the Province, Mar. 26. Others include in Eriksdale, Portage la Prairie and Pine Falls.
The public was also reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics.
Along with the new sites, public health officials announced they are expanding testing criteria to include health care workers and those who live or work in a remote or isolated community or a group setting, such as a correctional facility, shelter, long-term care or residential facility, or a remote work camp.
Anyone in those groups who are showing respiratory symptoms will now be tested.
Symptomatic travellers outside of Manitoba, close contacts of a confirmed case, and lab workers who have worked with COVID-19 tests will continue to be tested.
Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.