Montreal: up to five hours waiting to get tested

Montréal: jusqu'à cinq heures d'attente pour se faire tester

Beatrice Roy-Brunet and
Alex Proteau

The Montreal public Health has confirmed, Tuesday, that about thirty people recently infected by the COVID-19 attended at least nine licensed premises.

Tuesday afternoon, the estimated wait time at the testing clinic of the Hôtel-Dieu was 5 hours. The line, which began at the corner of St. Urbain and Pines, continued up to the park Jeanne-Mance.

It must be said that there are only three clinics without an appointment on the island: the other two are in the east and Montreal North.

In the clinical screening the Clinical Chauveau, in the east, more than 190 people patientaient in queue in order to detect the end of the morning Tuesday, and it was necessary to provide a few hours of waiting, depending on the time of his arrival.

However, the public Health request to all those who attended bars in montreal since the 1st of July to go and get tested.

Thirty cases have been detected since last Saturday in nine bars and restaurants in the Montreal region, said Tuesday the Dr David Kaiser, Health care Montreal.

“We want the walk-in you everywhere for not that people are rushing all in the same place. It is the responsibility of each CIUSSS and we will pass on the message,” said Dr. Kaiser.

The return of mobile clinics is not envisaged in the short term, because the cases are not targeted in a neighborhood, he explained.

“The requirement of a registry in bars would be an essential tool,” judge he.

Since the resumption of massive screening, Saturday, the positivity rate, which calculates the number of positive tests depending of the number of tests performed has increased from 1% to 3 %.


In anticipation of the opening of more walk-in clinics, Montrealers must arm themselves with patience.

At the Hotel-Dieu on Tuesday, the majority of the queue consisted of young people who responded to the call of public Health.

“We said that we had outings together, we would get tested together”, launched a Marie-Michel, who would not reveal his last name, but who came to get tested in the company of her friends.

The trio had arrived an hour before the opening of the doors of the clinic and had still had to wait three hours to take the test.

Others come for different reasons. “I don’t have the choice. If I don’t do that, I lose my “job”,” said an employee of a grocery store met her at the Clinic Chauveau, who wanted to remain anonymous. According to his words, his employer prevents his employees to return to work if they have not obtained a negative result in a test.

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