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Close to 3,700 people tested at Brooks asymptomatic COVID-19 centre

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Hundreds of people lined up in their vehicles this week for a special asymptomatic COVID-19 assessment centre in Brooks.

That southern Alberta city is experiencing a major outbreak, having the overwhelming majority of all cases in AHS South Zone.

Between Monday and Wednesday (Apr. 27-29), health officials swabbed just 3,653 people from Brooks and surrounding area.

That equates to nearly 15% of the entire regional population there.

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The City of Brooks says it expects the number of confirmed cases reported will likely increase dramatically over the next few days, with this large increase in local testing.

Brooks Mayor Barry Morishita pushed Alberta Health Services to set up the temporary clinic to test locals showing no symptoms of the novel coronavirus to try and get a handle on the growing number of cases in that city.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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