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Drive-thru COVID-19 testing centre in Kitchener temporarily closes over safety concerns

Last Updated Sep 23, 2020 at 12:27 pm EDT

A nurse gets a swab ready at a temporary COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal on May 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Summary

The Grand River Hospital says vehicles began to line up at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, five hours before opening time.


Hospital spokesperson says some people in line were getting impatient and displayed some "aggressive behaviours"


The testing centre is expected to reopen on Thursday


A hospital in Kitchener says it has closed its drive-thru COVID-19 testing centre for the day over concerns for the safety of its staff and the public.

The Grand River Hospital says vehicles began to line up at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, five hours before opening time.

Spokeswoman Cheryl Evans says that by 7:30 a.m., traffic was backed up on all the nearby side streets and the centre was already at capacity.

She says some people in line were getting impatient and displayed some “aggressive behaviours,” which contributed to the decision to temporarily shut down.

The hospital says those currently in line will be tested.

The centre is expected to reopen on Thursday.