Ottawa’s Daily Testing Update

Updated: December 6, 2021, 3:30 p.m. EDT

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1,220

Swabs processed at assessment centres in Ottawa on December 5

2,086

Lab tests performed in Ottawa on December 5 [1]

61

Number of tests in progress as of December 6 [2]

2.5%

Positivity rate in

Ottawa residents

(Nov 29 - Dec 5) [3]

15 hours

Average turnaround (from the time the swab is received at the lab to the result) [4]

27 hours

Average turnaround (from the time the swab is taken at a

testing site to the result) [5]

8,421

Current daily lab capacity [6]

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Where to get tested in Ottawa

*NEW: Temporary COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Stittsville

Ages: Anyone over 6 months old

Services provided: COVID-19 testing by appointment only and very limited walk-up testing

Hours: Mondays, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (please note that this location will be closed on Monday, December 20)

Location: 14 Fringewood Drive, Stittsville (Fringewood Community Centre)

COVID-19 Assessment Centre at McNabb

Ages: Anyone over 6 months old

Services provided: Individuals (6 months and older) who meet the current testing criteria are eligible for testing services at this location

Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Location: 180 Percy St, Ottawa

Click here to book an appointment

COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre - Moodie

Ages: Anyone over 6 months old

Services provided: By appointment only and very limited walk-up testing, swab only OR physician visit with or without swab

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Saturday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (COVID-19 testing only)

Location: 595 Moodie Drive

Click here to book an appointment

Ray Friel COVID-19 Testing Centre

Ages: Anyone over 6 months old

Services provided: By appointment only and very limited walk-up testing, swab only OR physician visit with or without swab

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Location: 1585 Tenth Line Road

Click here to book an appointment

COVID-19 CHEO Assessment Centre and Kids Come First Care Clinic at Brewer Park Arena

Ages: 

  • For testing at the COVID-19 CHEO Assessment Centre - Ages 2 months to 18 years

  • For care at the COVID-19 CHEO Kids Come First Care Clinic - Ages 2 months to 18 years (infants less than 2 months of age must visit the CHEO Emergency Department)

Services provided: 

  • COVID-19 CHEO Assessment Centre - Scheduled COVID-19 testing appointments and very limited walk-up testing

  • COVID-19 CHEO Kids Come First Care Clinic - By appointment, in-person consultation with a physician within 1-3 days for children and youth (2 months to 18 years) with acute illnesses with new symptoms such as fever, cough, vomiting, belly pain, ear ache or sore throat

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location: 151 Brewer Way

Click here to book an appointment

COVID-19 Assessment Centre for Adults at Brewer Park Arena

Ages: Anyone 18+ years old

Services provided: Scheduled appointments and very limited walk-up testing

Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location: 151 Brewer Way

Click here to book an appointment

North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre (Kemptville)

Ages: Anyone over six months old

Services provided: COVID-19 testing by appointment only and very limited walk-up testing

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: 15 Campus Drive, Kemptville

Click here to book an appointment

East Ottawa Kids COVID Care Clinic 

Ages: Children and youth between 2 months and 17 years old

Services provided: 

  • COVID-19 testing for children and youth (2 months to 17 years) and other members of their household who meet the current testing criteria

  • In-person consultation with a physician for children and youth (2 months to 17 years) with new symptoms such as fever, cough, vomiting, belly pain, earache, or sore throat

Hours: Monday to Friday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: 4289 Innes Road, Orléans

Click here to book an appointment

Ottawa Community Health Centres

Ages: Anyone over six months old. 

Services provided: By appointment only, testing available for those without a health card.
 

Centretown Community Health Centre: 420 Cooper Street

Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 am to 4 pm


Sandy Hill Community Health Centre: 221 Nelson Street

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm

Friday, 9 am to 2 pm

 

Somerset West Community Health Centre: 55 Eccles Street

Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 9 am to 4 pm

Thursday, 1 pm to 4 pm

Friday, 9 am to 2:30 pm

Click here to book an appointment

Assessment centre highlights (December 5, 2021)

*These assessment centres were closed on Sunday, December 5

*NEW: Temporary assessment centre opening in Stittsville

To provide more testing options to residents in the west-end of the city, the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce has partnered with Kemptville District Hospital to open a temporary assessment centre in Stittsville.

 

Starting Monday, December 6, COVID-19 testing will be available at the Fringewood Community Centre (14 Fringewood Drive, Stittsville) for anyone over six months of age who meet current testing criteria. With testing demand especially high in the evenings and early in the week, the assessment centre will be open on Mondays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please note, however, that this testing location will be closed on Monday, December 20.

 

The assessment centre in Stittsville will remain throughout the holiday season with a tentative end date of January 31, 2022.

 

Residents will be required to make an appointment before coming to the assessment centre for testing. To book an appointment, please visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/CovidTesting or call 613-258-3192.

An important reminder about COVID-19 testing

In recent weeks, Ottawa’s assessment centres and care clinics have seen a growing trend of residents seeking a COVID-19 test five or six days into experiencing symptoms. Opting out or delaying testing adds up to a growing risk of community spread and added pressures on the health care system.

 

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not wait a day or two days to see if your symptoms improve. Book a COVID-19 test immediately.

 

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) and/or chills

  • Cough, including a barking cough or croup (continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing)

  • Shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)

  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell

  • For children under 18 years of age: nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea

  • For adults over 18 years of age: muscle aches, joint pain and/or extreme tiredness

 

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are a parent of a child with symptoms, please visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/CovidTesting to book an appointment to get tested as soon as possible.

When should I go for testing?

You can get a COVID-19 test at an assessment centre, care clinic, or community testing site if any of the following apply to you:

 

  1.Symptoms:

  2. Exposure:

  • You have been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 and you are NOT fully vaccinated*:​

    • Self-isolate immediately

    • If you have symptoms: you should get tested immediately.

    • If you do not have symptoms: you should get tested at least 7 days after your last exposure to the person who tested positive for COVID-19; if you were tested before day 7 and the test result was negative, a repeat test is recommended.

    • If you have had ongoing exposure to an individual who tested positive (e.g., a household member) get tested 7 days after the positive person developed symptoms, or 7 days after the positive person’s test date, if they have no symptoms. If you were tested before day 7 and the test result was negative, a repeat test is recommended.

  • You have been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 and you ARE fully vaccinated*:

    • If you have symptoms, self-isolate and get tested immediately

    • If you do not have symptoms, self-monitor for symptoms and get tested at least 7 days after your last exposure to the person who tested positive for COVID-19; if you were tested before day 7 and the test result was negative, a repeat test is recommended.

    • If you have had ongoing exposure to an individual who tested positive (e.g., a household member), get tested 7 days after the positive person developed symptoms, or 7 days after the positive person’s test date, if they have no symptoms. If you were tested before day 7 and the test result was negative, a repeat test is recommended.

  • You received a COVID Alert app exposure notification; or

  • You are a resident or a worker in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by Ottawa Public Health.

* You may consider yourself ‘fully vaccinated’ when it has been 14 days after receiving:

  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada (e.g., 2 doses of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD, OR 1 dose of Janssen [Johnson & Johnson]) or any combination of such vaccines, OR ​

  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada (e.g., Sinopharm) followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) OR​

  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada (e.g., Abdala).​

  3. Long-term care or retirement homes:

  • You are a resident, a worker, government inspector or a visitor to long-term care or retirement homes.

    • ​Long-term care staff, caregivers, volunteers and visitors who are fully immunized against COVID-19 are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test before entering or visiting a long-term care home.

  4. First Nations, Inuit or Métis:

  • You are a person who identifies as First Nations, Inuit or Métis; or

  • You are a person travelling to work in a remote First Nations, Inuit or Métis community.

  5. Other reasons:

  • You received a preliminary positive result through rapid testing;

  • You are a patient and/or their one accompanying escort tra­velling out of country for medical treatment;

  • You are a temporary foreign worker seeking testing for the purpose of international travel.

Ottawa's assessment centres and care clinics, Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Emergency Departments are not permitted to provide testing for asymptomatic unvaccinated individuals who require proof of a negative test to enter their workplace, go on campus or attend a public event.

Provincially funded pre-procedure testing is reserved for unvaccinated asymptomatic patients undergoing a general anesthetic or other significant intervention where unrecognized COVID-19 can result in serious complications. Vaccinated asymptomatic patients and unvaccinated asymptomatic patients undergoing elective procedures that are not covered by OHIP (e.g., cosmetic surgery) and/or do not involve general anesthetic are not covered by provincially funded testing at an assessment centre or care clinic. Applicability will be determined by site staff on a case by case basis and patients may be referred to self-pay options through pharmacies or private lab services.

 

For asymptomatic testing, please visit a pharmacy or lab offering these tests, or inquire with your employer, campus or event planner. A list of locations is available on the provincial government's website: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations.

If you are in distress (e.g., significant trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, or have a significant worsening of any chronic disease symptoms), do not go to an assessment centre or a COVID-19 Care and Testing Clinic. Go to the nearest emergency department or call 9-1-1.

Private testing options for international and domestic travellers

Following testing guidance from the Ministry of Health, Ottawa’s assessment centres no longer provide free COVID-19 tests for the purpose of pre-travel clearance.

Travellers should consult their travel carrier’s guidelines to ensure they have the most up-to-date information about requirements. Travellers should also refer to the federal government’s travel website for up-to-date expectations and requirements related to their destination.

If there is a requirement to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test when traveling domestically or internationally, it is important to ensure ample time for testing and receiving results. COVID-19 testing services are available for a fee, and travellers in need of a test are encouraged to search for convenient local options.

Travellers are also responsible for verifying COVID-19 testing requirements with their airline or the place they will be visiting.

 

Suggested private providers to get tested for pre-travel clearance:

Ottawa West Travel Medicine Clinic

Riverside Travel Medicine Clinic 

 

Appletree Medical Centres

  • 2150 Robertson Road, Ottawa

  • 356 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa

  • 1595 Merivale Road, Ottawa

  • 2573 Baseline Road, Ottawa

  • 150 Katimavik Road, Ottawa

  • 225 Preston Street, Ottawa

  • Click here to book online

Immigration Physician Ottawa

Lacroix Medical Clinic 

  • 232 Boulevard Saint Joseph, Gatineau, Québec 

  • 819-778-1330 

 

Dynacare Clinics in Montreal  

  • 475, boulevard de la Côte-Vertu, Saint-Laurent, Québec 

  • 8560, rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal, Quebec 

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • Check online for locations 

 

Please note that this is for informational purposes only and there are fees associated at these clinics.

 

Booking a test for those without internet

It is critical that all members of the Ottawa community have access to a COVID-19 test, including residents at a greater risk and individuals who do not have access to the internet.

 

For those requiring extra support for accessibility reasons, sites have a phone number that can be used to book an appointment. Please note that the following phone numbers are reserved for residents who need to book an appointment for a COVID-19 test and who do not have access to the internet:

 

*Canadian Health Labs (CHL) offers phone support for appointment bookings. Patients can leave a voicemail at +1 (905)-218-3572. CHL will contact the patient back within one business day to confirm the booking of the appointment. In the voicemail, patients must indicate that they want to book an appointment at McNabb with their intended date and time.

Additionally, individuals who do not have phone or internet access may book a future appointment in-person at an assessment centre. People experiencing homelessness, who are unable to book an appointment and meet the criteria for testing, may be tested at the assessment centre during regular hours of operation.

 

Residents should not go to the emergency department for COVID-19 testing.

For more information

About the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce

 The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce coordinates COVID-19 testing efforts across the city. Our work is based on guidance provided by Ontario Health, as part of carrying out the provincial government’s testing strategy.

 

We recognize the demand for testing has accelerated. Members of our community — including parents, long-term care home visitors and essential workers — need a clear and consistent source of information when it comes to where to get a COVID-19 test, and who should get tested.

 

To meet this growing and important need, the Taskforce will publish Ottawa’s Daily Testing Update to keep the community up-to-date on ongoing testing guidelines and informed about any new directives or changes to Ottawa’s assessment centres.

Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce members

  • CHEO

  • City of Ottawa, Office of Emergency Management

  • Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA)

  • Hôpital Montfort

  • Kids Come First Health Team

  • Ottawa Community Health Centres

  • Ottawa Health Team - Équipe Santé Ottawa

  • Ottawa Public Health

  • Public Health Ontario Laboratory (PHOL)

  • Queensway Carleton Hospital

  • The Ottawa Hospital

[1] Testing data compiled from Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA), Public Health Ontario Lab (PHOL) and Bio-Test

[2] EORLA data only

[3] The positivity rate is reported in alignment with Ottawa Public Health (Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard, page 5)

[4] Average turnaround from the time the test is received at the lab to the time of reporting (EORLA data only)

[5] Average turnaround from the time the swab is taken at a testing site to the time of reporting (EORLA data only)

[6] Lab capacity is predicted daily based on the availability of staff, equipment and supplies

[7] Includes PCR and ID NOW samples collected on-site at an assessment centre