At least two hospitals are opening drive-through COVID-19 testing clinics in Quebec.\nThe stations allow residents to easily give a sample for testing while minimizing the risk of contact with other people.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nThe province is stepping up its novel coronavirus testing capacity as drive-through testing clinics are set to open across Quebec this week. One in Quebec city began operation on Wednesday and will take samples from residents seven days a week by appointment only, according to a statement on the CIUSSS de la Capitale‐Nationale website. "We must act quickly and well to effectively combat the spread of the virus and the increase in our ability to take samples serves this cause," said Assistant Director Serge Garneau.\nThe new clinic will supplement an increase in testing at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale (IUSMQ), bringing the total testing capacity for the facility to 400 samples a day.\nTo make an appointment for a sample at the drive-through, people will have to call 1-877-644-4545.\n"A nurse will then contact the applicant to:\n"make an evaluation of their physical condition;\n\n\n"make an appointment;\n\n\n"explain the preferred method of sampling;\n\n\n"give instructions on how to get to the clinic;\n\n\n"give isolation instructions."\nAnother drive-through station is set to open at the Hôpital de Saint-Georges in the Chaudière-Appalaches region. That clinic will also be open seven days of the week.\n#COVID19 - Clinique de dépistage | Service à l'auto à l'Hôpital de Saint-Georges. Pour toute question, consultez notre section Questions/réponses : https://t.co/UcePGqyEgi Également disponible au Centre Paul-Gilbert à Charny. pic.twitter.com/miWUtyhsrc— CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches (@cisssca12) March 18, 2020\nThere, residents will have to "call the COVID-19 line (1-877-644-4545) to confirm your symptoms. If the intervener informs you that you need to go to the drive-through service, call 811 for an appointment."\nDrive-through clinics have already opened in Ontario and British Columbia, in addition to several U.S. states like New York (pictured above) and Massachusetts.\nQCH has a new way to efficiently test for possible COVID-19 cases. A drive through in front of ED will minimize wait times for patients who have been directed by @ottawahealth to come to hospital for screening for COVID-19 — and help keep Emergency for emergencies. #ottnews pic.twitter.com/jWlHf0WHOc— Queensway Carleton Hospital and Foundation (@QCHOttawa) March 13, 2020\n“Providing a stand-alone testing location supports multiple public health goals," according to Dr. Assaad Sayah of the Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts: "increased ease of testing, limiting risk of incidental infection and preserving hospital resources for the most ill patients."\n#COVID19 – Au Québec, en date du 18 mars 13h, la situation est la suivante:➡️94 cas confirmés➡️3627 personnes sous investigation➡️5213 analyses négativesPour connaître le nombre de cas confirmés par régions : https://t.co/xMGNe5DB9d #santéquébec— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) March 18, 2020\nQuebec health officials released guidelines for individuals to follow to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province, you can read about them here.\nMore information on hygiene practices during the pandemic is available on the government of Canada's website here.