Thursday is last day for COVID-19 testing centres, Horizon memo reveals – CBC

Decrease in demand cited for ‘new direction on COVID-19 testing,’ Vitalité’s plans unclear

May 31, 2023

All Horizon Health Network COVID-19 testing centres will close by the end of day Thursday because of a decrease in demand, an internal memo obtained by CBC News reveals.

PCR testing will now be performed at Horizon hospitals and referrals for appointments must be made through a primary care provider, Danny Jardine, Horizon’s interim vice-president community, advises all staff and physicians in the memo, dated May 25.

Horizon did not immediately respond to questions Wednesday about why the change hasn’t been publicly announced, or what it will mean for the thousands of New Brunswickers who don’t have a family doctor or nurse practitioner.

Vitalité Health Network was “unable” to say what its plans are for COVID assessment centres.

“We will get back to you tomorrow,” an unidentified spokesperson said in an email.

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