ROTHENBURGER – A tale about a short visit to our COVID-19 testing station

‘WE’VE GOT AN EXTRA long one for you,” said the healthcare worker as we pulled into the lineup at the drive-thru COVID-19 testing centre.

She was smiling when she said it so I figured she was kidding. After a couple of questions, she waved us down the line toward a yellow-vested co-worker who gave us instructions on how to properly park under the big tent when it was our turn.

“Right where that truck is now,” she explained, pointing to the vehicle at the front of the line. A half minute later she yelled “passenger” and gave us the go-ahead and we pulled forward to where a half dozen PPE-suited nurses waited.

Signs were posted warning against taking photos or videos.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011 and was a 2019 Commentator of the Year finalist in the Webster Awards. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at

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