Drive-thru COVID-19 testing opens in Yellowknife

An outdoor testing site was set up in Yellowknife in late March. (CKLB file photo.)

A drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is now operating in downtown Yellowknife.

“We have a drive-through screening clinic located on 47th street in the parking lot behind the Primary Care Clinic in Yellowknife,” The GNWT said in an emailed statement. “Drive-through screening is open Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m to 5;00 p.m. for any person with cough; or fever; or shortness of breath.”

Tlicho host Mary Rose Blackduck of CKLB Radio went to the drive-thru clinic Tuesday morning to be tested for COVID-19.

Blackduck says it took three minutes out of her day to get the test completed. She says that her decision to go get tested was because she has a dry cough and recently returned from Alberta. Although, she says she hasn’t experienced a fever or aches she has still self-isolated in compliance with the health orders implemented by Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola.

Blackduck says the test which is a nasal swab actually helped her with her breathing.

“Airflow through my nasal (passage) became much better,” Blackduck said. “It’s painless.”

Now Blackduck says she will wait five days for the results, as the clinic will be sending the samples to a lab in Alberta.

“I’m still in isolation and I’m not taking any chances just in case,” Blackduck said.

People can call public health at 867-767-9120 to coordinate screening and get more information.

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Arthur C. Green
Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked as a spot news photographer/journalist with such news organizations as Vista-radio, CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire and Postmedia in Alberta.