For the second time, Guelph’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is on the move. With the opening up of more services under the province’s Phase 3 guidelines, the Centre’s current location in the Victoria Road Recreation Centre is coming to an end. Guelph citizens need to get back to using the Rec Centre for what it was designed – staying healthy and keeping fit. The Assessment Centre’s new location will be at 400 Southgate Drive and will remain there for the duration of the pandemic. For the move, the centre will close early at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10 and the new location will open Friday, Sept. 11 at 8 a.m.
“When the pandemic began there were so many unknowns,” says Ross Kirkconnell, Executive Director of the Guelph Family Health Team and one of the establishing partners of the Centre. “It was clear at the beginning there was an immediate need and we were fortunate a building near the hospital was available.” The location did present some accessibility challenges so eventually the Assessment Centre moved to the Rec Centre thanks to a generous offer from the City of Guelph to make it available – their support was invaluable to the Assessment Centre’s success to date.
Now, it’s clear the pandemic will not end anytime soon so a longer-term location is needed, says Gavin Webb, Guelph General Hospital’s VP of Finance and Chief Information Officer. “We knew when the province went into Phase 3 the Victoria Rec Centre would need to go back to its original purpose. The challenge was finding a new location.” That’s when Guelph’s Danby Products stepped in. With available space in Guelph’s south end, it could offer an immediate solution.
“The Assessment Centre in Guelph has played a key role in responding to the pandemic in our community,” says Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health. “We thank our partners for their continuing work to protect our community from the virus.”
The new location at 400 Southgate Drive is serviced by Guelph Transit route 16, seven days a week. Located near the Hanlon and Laird road, it is easily accessed by car as well.