May 2, 2003

York Region SARS Assessment Clinic scheduled to Close May 14

NEWMARKET Due to the steady decline in patient visits and in consultation with the Province, the York Region SARS Assessment Clinic in Markham will be scaling down its hours of operation.

Beginning May 5th, the Clinic will be open Monday to Friday, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. and closed weekends. It will be closed this Sunday, May 4th, in transition to the new hours of operation.

The York Region SARS Assessment Clinic is scheduled to close as of May 14, 2003. Any emerging SARS cases will at that point be assessed at remaining SARS assessment clinics in the GTA and hospital emergency departments.

The last probable case of SARS in York Region was identified on April 24th at the SARS Assessment Clinic. The May 14th date of closure is based upon two 10-day incubation periods of the disease after April 24th.

The Regional Municipality of York acknowledges the support, dedication and professionalism of everyone who has worked at and with the Clinic, with particular thanks to the staff at Markham Stouffville Hospital for all of their support during these extraordinary times.

For a complete list of SARS Assessment Clinics, visit

York Region's Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 continues to operate seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., to answer questions and concerns about SARS and other health topics.

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:

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

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