The City of Toronto is working with community health agencies to open a new COVID-19 testing centre at the East York Community Centre next week.
The new clinic, located at 1081 ½ Pape Avenue, will officially open on November 2 from 1 pm to 7 pm, Sunday to Wednesday, until November 25.
“The City of Toronto is working with community health agencies to support COVID-19 testing clinics in neighbourhoods where there are a high number of cases and low rates of testing,” read the city release sent to Daily Hive.
The space is being provided by the City of Toronto through the Parks, Forestry and Recreation. The clinic will be operated by Health Access Thorncliffe Park.
“Many residents have been concerned about long wait times for COVID-19 testing. East York has many families, children and seniors, so this new clinic will be a welcome addition,” said city councillor Paula Fletcher.
“It will hopefully help take some of the burden off Michael Garron Hospital’s testing centre and provide an easy way for East Enders to get tested.”
This advancement comes after Mayor John Tory shared details at a press briefing on Wednesday, outlining the measures the city is taking in order to stop the spread in neighbourhoods in Toronto’s northwest corner.
Three Northwest wards – Etobicoke North, York South-Weston and Humber River-Black Creek – have neighbourhoods that are currently experiencing higher rates of coronavirus transmission, lower testing rates and higher positivity rates for the virus.