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Downtown Kamloops LifeLabs office closed due to COVID-19-related staff shortages

The Kamloops locale is one of 11 across B.C. shuttered until at least Jan. 23. There are three other LifeLabs locations in the city
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The province’s main private medical testing laboratory has temporarily shuttered 11 locations and reduced hours at five more due to COVID-caused staffing shortages. One of the closed locations is on Nicola Avenue in downtown Kamloops.

A memo to B.C. health providers was posted on social media site Reddit.

“With the increasing cases of Omicron and pandemic protocols, LifeLabs has made the difficult decision to temporarily close and/or reduce hours for two weeks at select BC Patient Service Centres experiences significant staffing shortages,” the memo reads.

There are now tens of thousands of active COVID-19 cases in B.C. As of Jan. 11, there were 439 people in hospital with COVID-19, 97 of whom were in intensive care. Both hospitalizations and ICU numbers have gone up in recent days.

The shuttered locations include:

Nicola, Kamloops

Surrey City Centre

Harris Road, Pitt Meadows

Crestwood, Richmond

Yarrow, Victoria

Hillside, Victoria

Aberdeen, Richmond

Main and Keefer, Vancouver

Broadway, Vancouver

Lynn Valley, North Vancouver

Laurel, Vancouver

The locations with their hours reduced include:

Bevan Avenue, Abbotsford

Cedar Hill Vancouver

Kerrisdale, Vancouver

Burrard, Vancouver

Colwood, Victoria

For more information on specific locations, visit https://locations.lifelabs.com/locationfinder.

There are three other LifeLabs locations in Kamloops — in North Kamloops on Tranquille Road, downtown on St. Paul Street and in Aberdeen on Harrison Way.