Chilliwack is one of several Fraser Health communities to have expanded access to COVID-19 testing coming. (Fraser Health)

Chilliwack about to see Saturday mornings added to COVID-19 testing schedule

Fraser Health is boosting staffing and hours of testing sites to respond to increased demand

Chilliwack is one of several Fraser Health communities about to see expanded access to COVID-19 testing.

Extra staffing and/or hours are coming to testing centres in Chilliwack, Delta, Burnaby, Langley and Surrey “to respond to an increased demand for testing,” according to an Aug. 19 release from Fraser Health.

“We closely monitor volumes and are responding to what we are seeing across our region,” said Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser Health president and CEO.

With cases on the rise of late, requests for tests have also increased.

They are trying to provide “quick access” to assessment and testing to minimize risks of transmission.

READ MORE: Fraser Health pledging expanded testing capacity

Expanded operating hours at the Chilliwack assessment and testing centre, in the public health unit at 45470 Menholm Rd., will now include an 8 a.m. to 12 noon time slot on Saturdays.

The Chilliwack site is also open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Fraser Health has established 10 COVID-19 assessment and testing centres across the health region operated in partnership with local Divisions of Family Practice. These centres provide in-clinic assessment and testing, as well as drive-up assessment and testing in some locations. The 10 assessment and testing centres are located in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Surrey, Delta, Burnaby, White Rock, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Langley, and Mission.

READ MORE: Children can get tested in Chilliwack, Fraser Health confirms

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