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Windsor hospital opens COVID-19 clinic for children amid surge in cases

Last Updated Aug 31, 2021 at 10:53 am EDT

The new PUMA Clinic for Paediatric Urgent Medical Assessments of children 17 years of age. Windsor Regional Hospital/FACEBOOK

A southwestern Ontario hospital says it has opened a pediatric clinic as it expects a recent surge of COVID-19 cases in children to continue.

The Windsor Regional Hospital says the Paediatric Urgent Medical Assessment Clinic is intended for COVID-19 assessments for those aged 17 and younger.

The hospital says the goal of the clinic is to handle a predicted rise in cases.

They are also hoping it will divert patients from the emergency department.

The hospital says the clinic will offer COVID-19 testing, urgent care medical assessment and vaccinations to those born in 2009 or earlier seven days a week.

Children born in 2010 and later are not approved to be vaccinated yet against the virus.