As of October 6, a total of 316 people had been tested at Montague’s drop-in COVID-19 location.This is the only rural test site in eastern PEI. At similar testing sites across the province 265 people have been tested in O’Leary; 4,895 in Borden, 669 in Summerside and 3,513 at the Charlottetown clinic.

Health PEI has been conducting more COVID-19 tests since easing back health measures, allowing students back in schools and creating drop-in test sites across the Island.

PEI’s Chief Health Officer Dr Heather Morrison said an increase has been noticed since September in particular.

Dr Morrison said PEI is continuing to conduct the second highest number of tests per capita in Canada.

To accommodate easebacks and a new school session in the fall, Health PEI reorganized to open drop-in clinics at five locations.

Testing at these locations has been offered on a first come, first served,basis.No referral is needed for symptomatic children or symptomatic household members, as well as essential workers or any of their symptomatic household members.

Anyone who does not qualify for a test at the drop-in site should access a scheduled test at a clinic in either Charlottetown or Summer- side.To do this,Islanders are asked to call their family doctor or nurse practitioner for a referral, or call 811.

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