Individuals in Penticton who believe they may have contracted COVID-19 can get tested at the Penticton Health Centre, by appointment only. (File)

Penticton COVID-19 testing centre ‘not a walk-in service’

Those who believe they have contracted COVID-19 can make an appointment with the public health nurse

Individuals in Penticton who believe they may have contracted COVID-19 can get tested at the Penticton Health Centre.

However, the centre is emphasizing that it is not a walk-in service. Individuals who believe they might be infected are urged not to show up unannounced, as this puts individuals at the centre at risk.

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People who believe they might be infected must call the health centre and make an appointment with the public health nurse.

To reach the public health nurse, call the centre at 250-770-3434.

Every evening, the centre tests about 14 individuals.

Lately the centre has received a large number of calls, and those who are not able to reach the public health nurse right away will receive a call back within two to three hours.

Often the centre will be able to fit someone in for a test that night, and if not, the following night.

The centre is located at 740 Carmi Avenue, just next to the Penticton Regional Hospital.

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