COVID-19 Assessment Centre to Close March 31

COVID-19 Assessment Centre to Close March 31

– Effective March 31, 2023, the COVID-19 Assessment Centre on Drive In Road will close. Shoppers Drug Mart on Second Line will take over testing for those who are eligible:

Individuals who are eligible for testing can access the Shopper’s Drug Mart booking link at:

Sault Area Hospital (SAH), in partnership with Algoma Public Health and Group Health Centre, opened the COVID-19 Assessment Centre on March 18, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. “We are grateful that our healthcare partner, Shoppers Drug Mart, will now begin providing COVID-19 swabbing for our community,” says Ila Watson, President & CEO of SAH. “We would like to thank Shoppers Drug Mart, our Assessment Centre partners, and the wonderful staff who have provided this valuable service for 3 years.”

Since the opening of the COVID-19 Assessment, staff have performed almost 80,000 COVID-19 PCR swabs. The testing volume peaked at 7,373 tests in November 2021. The total number of tests performed in February 2023 was 355, our lowest monthly volume to date.

“We are pleased to work in partnership with Sault Area Hospital and to look forward to providing COVID-19 point of care molecular testing services at our second line location,” says Mitchell Zorzit, Pharmacist and Owner of Shoppers Drug Mart in Sault Ste. Marie.

For more information about SAH programs and services, please visit

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