Drive-thru testing will be extended for two weeks at the Centennial Motors wash bay location with further extension at a possible new location into 2021. Testing and contract tracing remain a critical part of the Government of Yukon’s management of COVD-19 in the territory. With a growing demand for testing, the Government of Yukon responded quickly to launch the new testing centre to increase testing capacity.
The first choice for a temporary drive-thru testing centre was a car wash facility. Centennial Motors first responded to the inquiry Friday, November 20, meeting the appropriate needs for testing. Allowing screening to begin the afternoon of Sunday, November 22.
As of Thursday morning, an average of 90 people per day have been tested. To meet the demand for testing, the drive-thru testing centre will be extended for an additional two weeks starting Sunday, November 29.
People who cannot access the drive-thru or want an in-clinic appointment can call the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at 867-393-3083 in Whitehorse.
The drive-thru testing option has been very successful so far and we will be extending it to make sure that as many Yukoners as possible have access to COVID-19 testing. I want to thank the incredible staff who have been working so hard, in the dark and cold and in a very different environment then they would normally be working. On behalf of my colleagues and all Yukoners, thank you. Your work is important and we appreciate it.
Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost
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