After occupying Place des Festivals for weeks, the downtown Montreal COVID-19 testing clinic is moving to the former Hôtel-Dieu emergency room.\nThe CIUSSS says community transmission now "generates the most cases" in Quebec, making a new screening approach necessary.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nOn Monday, April 20, the downtown Montreal COVID-19 testing clinic at Place des Festivals was moved to the nearby former Hôtel-Dieu emergency room. The clinic, which was one of the first on the Island of Montreal, tested hundreds of locals. It was also one of the first drive-thru testing centres on the island.\nThe decision to close the clinic was unrelated to the crowds of people. Instead, the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS) decided that a new approach to screening was needed because of the high rates of community transmission.\n"Community transmission is now the one that generates the most cases of COVID-19 in Quebec," said the CIUSSS in a statement.\nThe testing site was closed early Monday morning. Those who believe they need to be tested for COVID-19 must now call ahead to health officials at the Hôtel-Dieu at 514-644-4545 or 1-877-644-4545.\nThe new clinic will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is beginning to process people as of Tuesday.\nLike the previous clinic, priority will be given to essential services workers and at-risk people in the following sectors:\nHealth professionals and workers\n\n\nAmbulance attendants\n\n\nFirefighters and police\n\n\nSecurity workers and correctional officers\n#COVID19 : Pour mieux informer les personnes aînées, la @MTL_Ville et la @Santepub_Mtl, en collaboration avec le 211, mettent en place des appels automatisés qui seront faits auprès de 225 000 personnes de 70 ans et plus de l'agglomération de Montréal. #polmtl pic.twitter.com/dRuN6jFxTp— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) April 16, 2020\nThe CIUSSS has also outlined that the following groups will be tested first:\n"Users and staff of seniors' accommodation such as residential and long-term care facilities (CHSLD), intermediate resources (RI), and family-type resources (RTF);"\n\n\n"People who have symptoms and who live in other at-risk environments (ex.: homeless shelters);"\n\n\n"People who have symptoms and who have a recommendation from the Regional Public Health Director."\nREAD ALSO: This Is What The Case Count By Neighborhood Looks Like For Montreal Right Now\nAccording to the latest data, 12 areas in Montreal now count over 300 confirmed infections.\nConsidered the epicentre of the pandemic in Quebec, Montreal has recorded 8,964 confirmed cases, including 525 deaths as of April 20.\nThough public health officials have estimated that Montreal has reached its famous outbreak peak, there are incredible challenges remaining, especially in senior homes.\n#COVID19 - Au Québec, en date du 20 avril 2020 à 13 h, la situation est la suivante :19 319 cas confirmés148 482 analyses négatives (cas infirmés)1 169 personnes hospitalisées939 décèsPour en savoir plus sur la situation au Québec : https://t.co/fiqW5E4y8R— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) April 20, 2020\nAs the situation evolves, public health officials are hoping to begin the slow process of returning to more normal activities.\nHowever, Premier François Legault and health experts in Quebec estimate that the situation could potentially go on for months.\nNotre urgence nationale, c’est de reprendre le contrôle dans nos CHSLD. C’est de sauver des vies et de prendre soin des personnes âgées vulnérables. Merci du fond du cœur à toutes celles et à tous ceux qui nous aident à y arriver. pic.twitter.com/Fj7KWllUgG— François Legault (@francoislegault) April 20, 2020\nThe CIUSSS asks that if you're showing symptoms of COVID-19, you dial 514-644-4545 or 1-877-644-4545 as soon as possible so you can get an evaluation.\nStay tuned for more news.