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COVID-19 testing centre opening Saturday

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:59 PST, Tue November 10, 2020

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

A new COVID-19 testing collection centre will open this Saturday in Richmond.

The drive-through testing site, at 5911 North Service Rd. in the jetSet parking lot (at the intersection of Aviation Avenue and North Service Road), will provide additional capacity to assess Richmond and South Vancouver residents for COVID-19. The site will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and can accommodate clients, ages four and up. Please note this site does not offer testing for travellers.

Walk-up clients can visit the COVID-19 testing collection centre located at Richmond Hospital.

The existing collection centre, located at 6820 Gilbert Rd. (in the parking lot of the Richmond Tennis Club) will remain open until Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. From Nov. 12 to 13, Richmond residents seeking testing are advised to visit an alternate site that is most convenient for them. All Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) testing sites and hours can be found at

COVID-19 testing is available for all who need it, but not everyone requires a test. Testing is not recommended for people without symptoms. You can use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine if you need further assessment for COVID-19 testing by a health care provider or at a local collection centre. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to do this themselves.

Identifying new cases of COVID-19 in a timely manner is important to help prevent community spread of the virus, and this new assessment centre will contribute to those efforts. For all site locations and hours, please refer to the collection site locator on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

VCH continues to monitor cases throughout our region. While there can be cases anywhere in the province, following the public health guidance and continuing to work together, will enable people to be better prepared.

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