Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre brings COVID-19 testing to select southwestern First Nations – Anishinabek News

DESHKAN ZIIBING (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation)— Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing is now taking place at the health centre here as the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) is bringing testing to a cluster of three First Nations located just southwest of London.

Tests were first administered on Apr. 23 at the site and response has been “really good, steady,” says Jan Martin, SOAHAC’s Director of Indigenous Relations. Opening the site and making it more accessible is what is helping make the site successful. Martin explains that people who wish to be tested telephone the site and are given an appointment during the same afternoon or the next. The agency is also preparing to begin COVID-19 testing at its other locations in the cities of London, Windsor, and Owen Sound soon, with Windsor likely to start this week.

“Testing at all four sites will be open to all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, which will make the Thames site available to the neighbouring communities of Munsee Delaware Nation and Oneida of the Thames,” says Martin.

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