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Southlake moving COVID-19 Assessment Centre to 22 Prospect Street

Monday October 18, 2021

  • COVID-19

One year after temporarily relocating to the Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place, Southlake is moving its COVID-19 Assessment Centre two blocks east to 22 Prospect Street in Newmarket.

The Assessment Centre currently located at the Town of Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place at 474 Davis Drive will close on October 28 at 2 p.m. and will open at 22 Prospect Street on October 29 at 1 p.m. Appointments booked for or after October 29 will take place at the new location. All appointments scheduled for dates prior to October 29 will take place at the Seniors’ Meeting Place.

Southlake and the Town of Newmarket worked together to identify the Seniors’ Meeting Place as the best temporary location for the Assessment Centre in October 2020. The Seniors’ Meeting Place has been closed as a result of the pandemic since March 2020 and the Town of Newmarket is working to reopen the Seniors’ Meeting Place for programming by mid-November.

The Assessment Centre will continue to operate in the new location at 22 Prospect Street from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. seven days a week. All patients must schedule an appointment, which can be booked online. The centre will not accept drop ins. Patients are advised to arrive at their scheduled appointment time. Limited free parking is available and there is additional paid parking in the hospital’s parking garage across the street.

Wait times for test results depend on the number of tests that labs are processing. Results are available on the Government of Ontario’s website.

In keeping with Provincial criteria, the Assessment Centre will see patients who:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19
  • were alerted to a potential exposure by the COVID-19 app or by Public Health
  • have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • were involved in a COVID-19 outbreak

The centre does not complete travel swabs. Patients experiencing intense symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain should visit the Emergency Department or call 911.

“Thank you Mayor Taylor, Council and the staff at the Town for your support and dedication over the last year and helping us to provide such a critical service to the community. This is a great example of how partnerships are improving the care we provide and building a healthier community overall.”

– Arden Krystal, President & CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre

“The Seniors’ Meeting Place offered an ideal location for COVID testing through the height of the pandemic. Now, with a large percentage of residents vaccinated and the Town in a position to offer more in-person programs and services, we’re looking forward to again opening the Meeting Place to Newmarket’s vibrant seniors’ community. This is another exciting step towards pre-pandemic life made possible by our collective efforts of following public health guidelines and getting vaccinated. Southlake has played a vital role throughout the pandemic. I want to thank the whole Southlake Team for their hard work and their unwavering dedication to building a safer and healthier community together.”

– John Taylor, Mayor, Town of Newmarket