Ottawa’s Daily Testing Update

Updated: October 15, 2021, 4:00 p.m. EDT

The next Daily Testing Update will be released on Monday, October 18

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Highlights

2,017

Swabs processed at assessment centres in Ottawa on October 14

3,524

Lab tests performed in Ottawa on October 14 [1]

1,158

Number of tests in progress as of October 15 [2]

1.8%

Positivity rate in

Ottawa residents

(October 6 - October 12) [3]

12 hours

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

22 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

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

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

*NEW: Open this Saturday, October 16 and Saturday, October 23 from
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

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

Location: 595 Moodie Drive

COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre - Ray Friel

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

*NEW: Open this Sunday, October 17 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

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

Location: 1585 Tenth Line Road

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, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm

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

Location: 151 Brewer Way

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

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Centre on Coventry Road

*NEW: The Drive-Thru Assessment Centre on Coventry Road will close for the winter months on Saturday, October 16, 2021

Ages: 10+ years old

Services provided: By appointment only, drive-thru testing only with any valid Canadian health card Hours: Seven days a week, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Location: 300 Coventry Road

North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre (Kemptville)

Ages: Anyone over six months old

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

Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: 15 Campus Drive, Kemptville

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, Tuesday, 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

Assessment centre highlights (October 14, 2021)

*NEW: A reminder about test kit expiry dates

To offer more testing options to parents and kids, Take-Home Test Kits rolled-out in all 300 public schools in Ottawa and Do-It-Yourself Test Kits launched at the CHEO COVID-19 Assessment Centre. The lab-based PCR test kits are a convenient and kid-friendly alternative to an in-person COVID-19 test an assessment centre. 

 

The test kits include detailed instructions on how to use the swab, complete the registration form and return the test to an assessment centre for processing.

 

The Taskforce would like to remind parents, teachers, and caregivers to check the expiry date of the test kit solution (the pink liquid inside of the tube) before using the test. Ottawa’s lab cannot process expired Do-It-Yourself Test Kits or Take-Home Test Kits.

 

The expiry date is located on the side of the tube, usually in a year-month-day format. If your test kit notes 2021-10-31, this means it must be used before October 31, 2021. If your test kit is expired, please return it to your school or the CHEO COVID-19 Assessment Centre for a replacement. 

*NEW: Drive-Thru Assessment Centre on Coventry Road closing for the winter months

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce has always prioritized safe and comfortable testing environments for residents and assessment centre staff. With the winter months and colder weather approaching, it is not feasible to continue operating an outdoor testing location in Ottawa.  For this reason, the Drive-Thru Assessment Centre on Coventry Road will close for the winter season on Saturday, October 16.

 

Last winter, the drive-thru relocated to the National Arts Centre’s indoor parking garage. With programming resuming throughout the city, a suitable indoor location with the appropriate footprint and necessary infrastructure has not been secured.

 

To ensure this closure does not impact Ottawa residents’ access to timely COVID-19 testing, several changes have been put in place:

  • Coventry’s resources will be consolidated, and in some cases redeployed, to support other testing initiatives across the city. This will allow our hospital partners to open more testing slots each day.
     

  • The assessment centre at McNabb Community Centre will stay open to meet the community’s testing needs.
     

  • Residents in the west and east end of the city will continue to have access to extended weekend testing at the Moodie and Ray Friel COVID-19 Care and Testing Centres.

 

  • Take-home test kits have now been introduced in all 300 public schools across Ottawa. Students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 or who develop symptoms can conduct a take-home PCR self-collection kit using the BON swabbing method that is then dropped off at school or an assessment centre for testing in the lab.

 

  • CHEO also recently launched Do-It-Yourself Test Kits at the Brewer Assessment Centre for kids 2 months to 18 years old. Instead of booking a traditional in-person appointment for a COVID-19 test, parents can schedule a time to pick-up a DIY Test Kit. The test kit includes instructions, a registration form and a self-swab BON PCR test to be completed either on-site, in the parking lot, in the car, or back at home. The test kit is then returned the same day to Brewer for processing at the lab.

Residents are encouraged to visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/CovidTesting to find the best assessment centre that meets their needs. 
 

While the Taskforce is cautiously optimistic that this fourth wave is under control, if testing volumes increase and there is the need to provide additional testing capacity, the Taskforce has the tools and resources to expand testing capacity in a matter of days. The Taskforce and its members will continue to collaborate to serve Ottawa residents and keep our communities healthy and safe.

Physician visits at Ottawa’s Care Clinics

Ottawa’s three COVID-19 Care and Testing Centres offer physician care visits. If you are concerned that you might need more than a COVID-19 test or require further assessment after being diagnosed with COVID-19, the Moodie, Ray Friel and Kids Come First Care Clinics all offer appointments with a physician and additional tests if medically appropriate.

Before coming to a Care Centre, first talk to your family doctor to determine if a Care Clinic assessment is the best option for you. If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, and are unable to see your family doctor, book a physician visit at one of Ottawa’s Care and Testing Centres. During these appointments, a physician will assess your COVID-related symptoms and, if medically appropriate, order some basic diagnostic tests, including chest x-ray, basic blood work and other lab tests.

 

Physician visits are by appointment only – we do not accept walk-in patients for physician assessments. Your visit must also be related to COVID-19. The Care Centres are equipped to care for COVID-19 symptoms only. 

 

Residents can book an appointment online: 

 

Please note: Physician visits are only for COVID-19 symptoms – Ottawa’s Care and Testing Centres are not walk-in clinics and do not offer care for non-COVID related symptoms. Care for non-urgent symptoms unrelated to COVID-19 can accessed through your family physician or at one of Ottawa’s walk-in clinics. If you are seeking urgent care, please go to the nearest emergency department.

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

    • 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. 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:

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:

 

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