All you need is a valid Saskatchewan Health Card and a vehicle.
Saskatchewan Health Authority Drive-through COVID-19 testing sites open in Regina and Saskatoon this week. You don’t need to be referred or have an appointment to get a test at these sites; it’s first-come, first-served.
The development of these sites was announced on September 4 by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. The site in Regina opened September 8; Saskatoon’s will open on September 10.
“We are pleased to offer the people of Regina and Saskatoon an additional option for COVID-19 testing,” noted Scott Livingstone, Saskatchewan Health Authority President and Chief Executive Officer. “Collectively, these two cities account for approximately half of our provincial testing each day in Saskatchewan, so it makes sense to provide another venue for testing in addition to the testing and assessment centres we already have.”
Testing for COVID-19 has been universally available to Saskatchewan residents since July.
As first-come, first-served sites, the public should expect some wait times at the drive-throughs, due to possible demand for services and the protocols that need to be followed to ensure safety for everyone. Patient registration, specimen collection and cleaning protocols will still need to be completed.
“These sites will be convenient for many people, but it will not be like going through a drive-through for coffee. It will take time,” said Dr. Rashaad Hansia, SHA Physician Executive for Integrated Urban Health. “Our staff will be working hard to make the testing process as easy as possible while ensuring accuracy and safety for all.”
Offering these new testing sites is one of the ways the SHA is expanding options for people to get tested to reach their targets of 4,000 tests for COVID-19 performed per day. Testing is part of the Saskatchewan Health Authority's strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19.
As the drive-through locations are indoors, they will be able to be open during the cold fall and winter months; no testing will be done outside.
Everyone in each vehicle should be members of the same family or family bubble, and as long as everyone in the vehicle has a valid Saskatchewan Health Card, everybody can get a test during the same visit.
Anyone wishing to be tested at these drive-through sites will be required to:
Current testing sites in Saskatoon and Regina, along with those located around the province, will remain open. Referrals to attend those sites can still be obtained from your health care provider or by calling HealthLine 811.
The testing process
Traffic at each site will be directed into lanes.
Vehicles will be shut off while a team member asks for essential information from the individuals in the car who are getting tested – including health card and other information that is required for registration and lab requisitions.
Another team member will explain the test and perform the swab through the open window. If a person in the vehicle receiving a swab is too difficult for staff members to reach (i.e. vehicle is too high, windows don’t roll down, patient is located in the back of a van), occupants may be asked to step out and sit on a chair while the test is done.
Once the test is done, the vehicle and occupants are ready to leave the site.
Results will not be available immediately. Once your results are available, Public Health will call you with the result, or you can access the results through My Sask Health Record through eHealth Saskatchewan.
Testing locations and hours of operation: