No date for reopening of Slemon Park COVID-19 testing clinic – CBC

Damages from post tropical storm Fiona extensive, repairs taking longer than anticipated

Oct 26, 2022

People looking to get a COVID-19 test at a clinic will have to continue to travel to O’Leary or Charlottetown for a while longer.

Post-tropical storm Fiona damaged the Slemon Park testing site and repairs are taking longer than expected, according to Health PEI.

“Slemon Park testing site experienced extensive damage during Fiona, including collapsed walls,” Health PEI officials told CBC in an email. “Repairs are ongoing and have taken longer than expected. We do not have a date yet for reopening in Slemon Park.”

Meanwhile, Islanders in the area can access testing facilities in O’Leary — a 40-minute drive away — or in Charlottetown.

Mobile units not suitable
Health PEI says mobile units at the Slemon Park location weren’t a good option because of the change in the weather.

“Rather than deploy a mobile unit to the Slemon Park area, resources have been redeployed to O’Leary so it can be open longer from a more stable environment,” said the statement. “As the fall weather begins, mobile units become less suitable.”

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