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Burnaby COVID-19 site hits milestone just as it gets ready to be closed

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at Central Park in Burnaby has hit a milestone just as it’s getting ready to shut down.
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Central Park has served as a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site.

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre at Central Park in Burnaby has hit a milestone just as it’s getting ready to shut down.

The site, run by the Burnaby Division of Family Practice - with support from the City of Burnaby and Fraser Health - hit a huge milestone in mid-March when it administered its 100,000th test. It’s being shut down on April 18, with a new site set up in a parking lot at BCIT. Another site has been set up at the Fortius centre on Kensington Avenue.

“The division’s Board of Directors wants to take the opportunity to recognize and applaud the commitment and effort shown by our dedicated Burnaby CTAC team to support the community and our residents through this very challenging COVID-19 pandemic,” said a news release. “The CTAC was an integral part of Burnaby’s COVID-19 response system, ensuring that together the partners could protect residents.”

The city provided the site and infrastructure with nursing staff, medical supplies and follow-up contact tracing provided by Fraser Health. It had a peak capacity of 800 tests per day.

The site also had vaccinations offered since the beginning of March. The COVID-19 site was the first drive-through testing site in the Fraser Region, and the only partnership site that has continued to operate in the Fraser Region to support its community.