Mobile COVID-19 testing underway in Saskatchewan

You might not have seen them, unless you live in a rural area of Saskatchewan but mobile COVID-19 testing kicked off in the province in July.

Patty Couture, Director of Primary Care for northeast area says you don’t have to have had contact with any positive COVID- 19 cases, nor do you need to be symptomatic to access mobile testing.

She says it is a nasopharyngeal swab.

“We actually tell people that you’ll actually feel like you have to sneeze after, often people will feel like they have to hold their nostril, whichever one we’ve used, just because it pinches a little bit,” said Couture. “We haven’t put anybody in tears yet, we’ve done everybody from the very young, to the very, very old.”

There is a mobile open unit in Shellbrook today and Friday they are in Birch Hills 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Mobile testing van rolls out every Thursday and Friday and has also, when invited, gone out to the Hutterite colonies.


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