Omicron-related staff shortages force temporary closure of 11 LifeLabs locations in B.C.

British Columbia’s largest provider of medical laboratory services has closed or reduced hours at 16 locations for at least two weeks because of staffing shortages related to the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.

On Wednesday, LifeLabs shuttered 11 locations: eight in the Lower Mainland, two in Victoria and one in Kamloops. Another three locations in the Lower Mainland and two in Victoria have announced reduced hours of operation.

The company said it would monitor the situation and provide an update in two weeks.

“This change was implemented to maintain consistent and reliable service for our customers and reduce increased pressure on our teams,” said a statement posted on the LifeLabs website. 

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