Updated: March 8, 2021, 4 p.m. EDT
 

Highlights

1,414

Swabs processed at assessment

centres in Ottawa on March 7

3,305

Lab tests performed in Ottawa on March 7 [1]

510

Number of tests in progress as of March 8 [2]

2.2%

Positivity rate in Ottawa residents

(March 1 - March 7) [3]

14 hours

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

37 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]

Where to get tested in 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

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: 595 Moodie Drive

COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre - Heron

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 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: 1485 Heron Road

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

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 6 months to 18 years (infants less than 6 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 for children and youth with a new symptom, such as fever, cough, vomiting, belly pain, ear ache or runny nose

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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 Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Location: 151 Brewer Way

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Centre at City Hall/National Arts Centre

Ages: 14+ years old

Services provided: By appointment only, drive-thru testing only with any valid Canadian health card (as of February 8, 2021) 

Hours: Seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Residents must register at City Hall Parking Garage before being tested at the National Arts Centre Parking Garage. Please arrive at City Hall Parking Garage, Elgin St. Entrance at your appointment time

COVID-19 Pop-Up Testing Site at the AMA Community Centre

Ages: Anyone over 2 months old

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

Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: 1216 Hunt Club Road

COVID-19 Pop-Up Testing Site at Vanier Community

Service Centre

Ages: Six months and older

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

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: 270 Marier Avenue

  • Click here to book an appointment or phone 613-288-5353 (phone to book appointments only, not for general information)

Ottawa Community Health Centres

Ages: Testing adults and children above 6 months of age at Centretown and Sandy Hill sites. Testing adults and children aged 13 years and above at the Somerset West site. 

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 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Sandy Hill Community Health Centre: 221 Nelson Street

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Somerset West Community Health Centre: 55 Eccles Street

Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Assessment centre highlights

*These testing sites were closed on Sunday, March 7
** An additional 447 mobile swabs were taken on March 7 through school-based surveillance testing

Who is eligible to get a test at an assessment centre?

Ottawa’s assessment centres and labs continue to have capacity to serve our city's residents and produce timely results. We urge Ottawa residents to book an appointment if they meet the following criteria:

  1. You are showing a COVID-19 symptom.
    OR
     

  2. You have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by Ottawa Public Health, or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app. It is recommended you (and/or the members of your household) get tested NO SOONER than 7 days after you last came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. 
    OR
     

  3. You are a resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by Ottawa Public Health. 
    OR​​
     

  4. You are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.
    OR

     

  5. You have traveled to the UK, or have come into contact with someone who recently traveled to the UK, please go get tested immediately (even if asymptomatic)

 

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.

Single-symptom screening for Ottawa students

The Ontario government has updated its COVID-19 guidance for schools, saying staff, students and children must stay home and get tested for COVID-19, even if they only have one COVID-19 symptom. Ottawa Public Health’s updated school and childcare screening tool now advises that children with a single symptom stay home from school and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. It is possible to test positive for COVID-19 even with a single mild symptom including sniffles, a sore throat or headache.  

Before heading back to the classroom, please remember: 

  1. To use the screening tool each morning before sending your children to school.
     

  2. Even if just one person in your home is showing a symptom, everyone, including siblings, parents and other people in the household, must also self-isolate (even if they don’t have symptoms) until the results are received for those who have been tested.
     

  3. Ottawa’s assessment centres are open and have capacity to test kids who are symptomatic or who are identified as a high-risk contact. In fact, same-day or next-day appointments are frequently available.
     

  4. Kids who are identified as high-risk contacts (someone who was exposed to a person who tested positive for the virus) should get tested at the recommended 7 days from the last contact, but also if ANY symptoms develop. This is really important to understand where transmission has occurred and prevent onward spread to others.
     

Encouraging Ottawa’s residents to get a COVID-19 test

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve in Ottawa, it is more important than ever that everyone meant to be tested, gets tested. Testing is the only way to confirm if you have COVID-19 or not — do not rely on someone else’s negative result as reassurance for yourself. Robust testing is also critical to our public health response — knowing how much the virus is circulating in the community, preventing further spread, and getting the virus under control.

 

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or if you were alerted of a high risk contact by Ottawa Public Health or through the COVID Alert App, book an appointment immediately. You are putting your loved ones and community at risk by waiting a day or two days to see if your symptoms improve.

 

Ottawa’s assessment centres have capacity to serve our city’s residents. If you need to make an appointment to get a COVID-19 test, there will be one available to you at one of Ottawa’s testing sites. Additionally, with the move to appointment-based testing, there are no longer long lines or wait times.

 

Ottawa’s labs have also significantly cut down the number of backlogged tests and results are consistently being turned around in 24-48 hours.

 

Our actions over the next few weeks will ultimately shape Ottawa’s next few months. Let’s move forward and keep each other safe.

Private testing options for outbound international travellers

Following new 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. This guidance applies to all assessment centres in the province and came into effect Friday, December 11, 2020.

 

COVID-19 tests for the purpose of international travel clearance are not recommended by Ontario’s public health experts. 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 a COVID-19 test is required, it is important to ensure ample time for testing and to receive 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. 

 

To keep our communities safe, Ottawa’s assessment centres and testing sites follow all guidelines mandated by the provincial government and public health experts. 

 

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

COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre – Heron

  • 1485 Heron Road, Ottawa

  • 613-288-5353

  • Click here to book online
     

COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre – Ray Friel

  • 1585 Tenth Line, Ottawa

  • 613-288-5353

  • Click here to book online

Riverside Travel Medicine Clinic 

Appletree Medical Centres

  • 2150 Robertson Road, Ottawa

  • 356 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa

  • Click here to book online
     

Lacroix Medical Clinic 

  • 232 Boulevard Saint Joseph, Gatineau, Quebec 

  • 819-778-1330 

 

Dynacare Clinics in Montreal  

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

  • 8560, rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal, Quebec 

 

Shoppers Drug Marts in the Toronto area 

  • Check online for locations 

 

Please note that this is for informational purposes only and there are fees associated at these clinics. The private clinic locations above are not endorsed by the Taskforce or its members.  

 

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 Ottawa 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