St. Mary's General Hospital and Grand River Hospital are both seeing extremely high demand this morning for COVID-19 testing.
As a result, Grand River Hospital has closed its drive-thru testing centre for the rest of the day.
Due to safety concerns for our staff and residents, we have closed our COVID drive-thru testing clinic for the day. Those currently in line will be tested. We are hopeful to reopen tomorrow.— Grand River Hospital (@grhospitalkw) September 23, 2020
Thank you for your patience as we know this has been a frustrating experience for many. pic.twitter.com/kY6uIYQTEV
St. Mary's says, staff are prioritizing those who have symptoms or have been directed for testing.
GRH's clinic is closed for the day, as they continue the backlog of testing from early Wednesday morning.
Regional police are on site as well, directing traffic and assisting with congestion.
They're reminding the public to be patient, kind, and understanding with hospital staff and other community members.
The team lead, Sarah Sullivan, says the GRH drive-thru centre had to close due to the lineups and people being aggressive. She says there were even assaults on the property. They'll open tomorrow after re-assesing the situation. @570NEWS— Mark Pare (@MarkLPare) September 23, 2020