The City of Montreal and public health are teaming up with the STM to test people on buses repurposed as mobile clinics.
Montreal’s director of public health, Mylene Drouin, made the announcement at a press conference on Monday afternoon alongside Mayor Valérie Plante and Philippe Schnobb, chairman of the board of directors of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).
The mobile clinic will provide an additional 100 tests per day, according to Drouin, and will be done predominantly in Montreal’s “hot spots” including Montréal-Nord.
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Testing will be reserved for people who are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
STM drivers will be responsible for driving buses to and from locations and garages and all buses will be “properly disinfected,” after use, according to Schnobb.
#COVID19 : La @MTL_Ville est heureuse de soutenir la @Santepub_Mtl dans la mise en place de cliniques de dépistage mobiles, mises en place dans des autobus de la @stminfo, et qui se déploieront dans les quartiers de Montréal qui nécessitent des interventions ciblées. #polmtl pic.twitter.com/2m0LwEgBn7
— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) May 4, 2020