April 1, 2003

SARS Assessment Clinic now open in Markham

A clinic dedicated to assessing and screening those people who are concerned that they may have been exposed to or have contracted Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is now open in Markham.

The SARS Assessment Clinic is located at the former Versa Care building at 6824 Hwy. 7 (just east of Ninth Line), not at the Markham-Stouffville Hospital.

The Clinic will operate seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

People visiting the clinic are reminded of the following:

Outside the hours of the Clinic operation, people should contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday, or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

The clinic is operated by the Regional Municipality of York Health Services Department and Markham-Stouffville Hospital, with assistance by the Province of Ontario.

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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