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:
Surrey City Centre
Harris Road, Pitt Meadows
Main and Keefer, Vancouver
Lynn Valley, North Vancouver
The locations with their hours reduced include:
Bevan Avenue, Abbotsford
Cedar Hill Vancouver
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.