Interior Health has established a new COVID-19 testing centre in Penticton to perform more tests in a more timely manner. The centre opens Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Interior Health has established a new COVID-19 testing centre in Penticton to perform more tests in a more timely manner. The centre opens Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Penticton’s COVID-19 testing centre has moved

To handle demand, a new centre has opened on Skaha Lake Road

Penticton has moved its COVID-19 testing centre from the hospital to a new location on Skaha Lake Road.

The new testing site has more parking spaces and will increase the amount of testing that can be done in a day, said Interior Health. Cases have increased substantially in the Okanagan over the past month.

Starting Monday (Dec. 21), testing services have moved to the new dedicated centre located at 140-3547 Skaha Lake Road.

Testing was previously done near the psychiatric ward of Penticton Regional Hospital.

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The testing centre is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on Interior Health’s COVID-19 community collection centres visit Interior Health’s testing information page.

Testing is available for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been sent for testing by a physician, nurse practitioner, or by public health officials.

Testing is not recommended for individuals who do not have symptoms.

You can book an appointment for coronavirus test online through the COVID-19 test booking form at interiorhealthcovid.secureform.ca/index.php

Tests can also be booked by phone by calling 1-877-740-7747.

Testing is available for people with new or worsening COVID-19 symptoms. Interior Health urges people to seek a test immediately if you have one or more of these key symptoms:

  • Fever and chills
  • Cough
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

You should also seek a test if you have two or more of the following symptoms for more than 24 hours, and they are not related to any other pre-existing conditions:

  • Sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme fatigue or tiredness
  • Headache
  • Body aches (muscles and joints aching)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

For information on COVID-19 testing, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control’s testing information page.

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jesse.day@pentictonwesternnews.com

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