MISE & Agrave; DAY
Walk-in screening is no longer accessible and making an appointment has been difficult for a week in Estrie, at a time when the region is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases that do not had not been seen since last January.
People who wish to be tested must first make an appointment, and yet many of them showed up at the designated screening center in Sherbrooke on Friday morning, thinking they could take a test.
Close 279 cases of COVID-19 were identified in two days in Estrie and many schools are struggling with outbreaks.
These factors, coupled with the shortage of staff, make it increasingly difficult to get an appointment, whether over the phone or online. And when people are successful, the delay is often several days.
Marie-France Bradley has been confined at home since Wednesday with her five-year-old daughter who has flu-like symptoms.
It took more than 24 hours before she managed to get an appointment for Saturday. The mother is wondering if she will receive the results in time so that her little one can return to school on Monday morning.
With a daily average of 140 new cases in the area, people have the feel that the situation will not improve and even fear that the waiting times will increase.