As part of an effort to ramp up COVID-19 testing in Montreal, six city buses will be turned into mobile testing clinics, Radio-Canada has learned.
Mayor Valérie Plante is expected to make the announcement today at 3 p.m., alongside Philippe Schnobb, chair of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), and the city’s public health director, Dr. Mylène Drouin.
The vehicles are intended to speed up mass testing for the novel coronavirus, something the Quebec government has vowed to do across the province starting today.
The buses will be used as mobile clinics that can quickly reach areas experiencing outbreaks, such as specific neighbourhoods, workplaces or schools. They would be able to perform at least 100 tests daily.
Starting this week, the Quebec government says it plans to significantly increase the number of tests performed daily from approximately 5,000 tests per day to more than 14,000.
Quebec’s public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, said anyone with symptoms is now eligible for testing.