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COVID-19 Update #6 – Assessment Sites


Starting today the North Shore Health Network (NSHN) in partnership with Algoma Public Health (APH) will begin operating COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Blind River and Thessalon, located in close proximity to the Emergency Department at each site.

The NSHN COVID-19 Assessment Centres provide screening, assessment, and where appropriate swabs for individuals from Echo Bay, Ont. to Spanish, Ont. who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. The centres will operate seven days per week and are designed to minimize the number of patients that would typically present at the Emergency Department.

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre is available by appointment only. For safety reasons, “walk-in” appointments are strictly prohibited. Not everyone who attends the Centre will be swabbed.

Individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including: fever, chills or weakness, new or worsening cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, extreme fatigue, runny nose and/or joint aches are encouraged to contact the Assessment Centre through either of the following methods:

Call 705-356-2265 or toll-free 1-888-425-0321

Blind River Location: Ext. 2661

Thessalon Location: Ext. 2662

Submit the online form at:

A staff member will respond within 48 hours by telephone to complete pre-screening and provide further instructions.

If you require urgent care, please call 911 and inform them of your symptoms as well as recent travel and contact history.

If you have general questions about COVID-19, please contact Algoma Public Health toll-free 1-866-892-0172 ext. 5404 or visit