Ottawa’s Daily Testing Update

Updated: August 4 2021, 3:30 p.m. EDT

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Highlights

1,310

Swabs processed at assessment centres in Ottawa on August 3

2,079

Lab tests performed in Ottawa on August 3 [1]

595

Number of tests in progress as of August 4 [2]

0.5%

Positivity rate in

Ottawa residents

(July 28 - August 3) [3]

14 hours

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

20 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 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

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

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 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, earache or runny nose

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

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 2:00 pm

Location: 300 Coventry Road, Ottawa

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: 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 am to 4 pm


Sandy Hill Community Health Centre: 221 Nelson Street

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 3 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 (August 3, 2021)

COVID-19 Pop-Up Testing Site at Vanier Community Service Centre has closed

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce has made the decision to adjust the schedule of the Daily Testing Update.

After a careful review of case counts and demand for COVID-19 testing, the COVID-19 Pop-Up Testing Site at the Vanier Community Service Centre has closed its doors.

 

Vanier residents will continue to have access to local COVID-19 testing through Ottawa’s Community Health Centres (CHCs). The Centretown, Somerset West and Sandy Hill CHCs are all located in the downtown core and provide social supports and COVID-19 testing to local residents and underserved communities. Vanier residents can continue to call the Pop-Up’s existing phone number (613-288-5353) or they can visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/CovidTesting to find an alternative testing location best suited to their needs.

 

The Pop-Up first opened in December 2020 and has provided COVID-19 testing, education and supports to hundreds of residents in the local Vanier community. With the goal to provide targeted outreach and community-based testing, the Pop-Up in Vanier was a successful collaboration between Ottawa Health Team - Équipe Santé Ottawa, the Ottawa East Ontario Health Team, Ottawa Public Health, the City of Ottawa, Hôpital Montfort, Vanier Community Service Centre, and a number of additional community partners.

 

With vaccination numbers continuing to rise and the demand for testing trending downward, several other assessment centres and care clinics in Ottawa have reduced their operations. This allows staff to transition back to hospitals and other health care settings. As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce and its partners will monitor testing demand across Ottawa and in key neighbourhoods and will ramp up services as required.  

Updated testing guidance for summer camp staff and campers

Summer camps are beginning to open across Ottawa as the province rolls out its three-step reopening plan. To ensure the safest possible environment for staff and campers this summer, the following testing guidelines were created by the office of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and will be implemented by the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce and affiliated testing sites.

 

Daily COVID-19 screening is required for all campers and staff

 

Guidance for day camps

  • Day campers and staff can seek COVID-19 testing at an assessment centre if they develop COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to others with COVID-19. If exposed, please refer to the COVID-19 exposure section below or the Ottawa Public Health’s website for those who are asymptomatic.

  • Day campers and staff are not eligible to access asymptomatic testing at Ottawa’s assessment centres and care clinics, unless there is a known exposure to COVID-19. 

    •  Asymptomatic testing refers to people who are tested for COVID-19 even if they do not have symptoms or people who are seeking a negative test result for “peace of mind”.

Guidance for overnight camps

  • Overnight campers and staff can seek COVID-19 testing at an assessment centre if they develop COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to others with COVID-19.

  • Overnight campers and staff are eligible to access asymptomatic testing at Ottawa’s assessment centres and care clinics.

    • Asymptomatic testing refers to people who are tested for COVID-19 even if they do not have symptoms or people who are seeking a negative test result for “peace of mind”.

    • All of Ottawa’s assessment centres and care clinics offer asymptomatic testing for overnight camp staff and campers; however, you may be asked to confirm the name of the camp.

    • Asymptomatic testing is also available to overnight campers and staff through participating community pharmacies.

 

Ongoing screening and testing are so important to keep each other safe this summer. If a staff member or camper develops symptoms or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s website to find the best assessment centre for you and your family.

 

Please note that the guidance above applies to organized summer camps not recreational camping at a provincial park or private campground.   

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:

    • If you know when you were exposed, get tested at least 7 days after your last exposure and stay in self-isolation; if you were tested before Day 7 following exposure, a repeat test is recommended on or after Day 10 following exposure.

    • If you have had ongoing exposure to an individual who tested positive (e.g., a household member), get tested right away. If you were tested before Day 7 of your self-isolation, a repeat test is recommended on or after Day 10 following exposure.

  • 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.

  3. Long-term care, retirement homes, and other congregate settings:

  • You are a resident, a worker or a visitor to long-term care, retirement homes, homeless shelters or other congregate settings (for example: group homes, community supported living, disability-specific communities or congregate settings, short-term rehab, hospices and other shelters).

    • ​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 farm worker;

  • You are an educator who cannot access pharmacy-testing; or

  • You are in a targeted testing group as outlined in guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
     

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.

Choosing the right assessment centre for you

Before booking an appointment for a COVID-19 test, we encourage you to consider the following:

Drive-thru testing

If you have access to a vehicle, the COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Centre on Coventry Road is a convenient, quick and accessible option. Residents stay in their cars throughout the entire testing process and the site frequently has same-day appointment slots. The site can also now test children and youth aged 10 years and above (from the previous restriction of age 14).

Age

If you are seeking testing for a child or youth, the Heron, Moodie and Ray Friel COVID-19 Care and Testing Centres, in addition to the COVID-19 CHEO Assessment Centre at Brewer Park Arena are able to provide a great kid-friendly testing experience. Ottawa’s Community Health Centres are also able to assess and test children. CHEO tests children over two months old while the Care and Testing Centres and CHCs test children over six months of age.

If you are over 18 and booking an appointment at the Brewer Assessment Centre, please ensure that you book with The Ottawa Hospital, as opposed to CHEO. The CHEO side of Brewer is reserved for kids needing testing, and appointments for those 18 and over will unfortunately need to be cancelled and rescheduled with TOH. Parents accompanying their children at Brewer are asked to book their own appointment with TOH after booking their child’s appointment.

Access to a physician

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, the Heron, Moodie and Ray Friel locations all offer appointments with a physician and additional tests if medically appropriate. The Kids Come First Care Clinic aligned with CHEO’s COVID-19 Testing Centre at Brewer Arena provides access to a pediatrician for assessment of children who:

  • are between 6 months and 18 years old

  • cannot access an in-person appointment with their primary health-care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner or pediatrician)

  • have a new symptom such as fever, cough, vomiting, belly pain, ear ache, or runny nose (note that if the child has had a COVID-19 test in the last few days because of these symptoms, they can still be seen in person at the COVID-19 Kids Comes First Care Clinic)

A few things should not come into your decision-making over which site to go to.  All use the same current guidelines and criteria to determine who is eligible for testing, and all samples are processed by the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA), so that the wait for results are the same.  All sites send results for patients with a valid OHIP card, to the Ontario Health patient portal, while also populating the patient portal on the host organization’s electronic health record.

 

And all sites have professional, caring and highly trained staff to make your testing experience quick, safe and as comfortable as possible.  If you think you need a test, please book an appointment and get it done today.

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:

 

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.

For travellers using services from Ray Friel COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre and the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Brewer Park Arena, results should be available 30 to 48 hours after the test. However, EORLA cannot guarantee this time period and travellers will be required to sign a waiver to recognize that the timing of their test results are not guaranteed.

 

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:

 

COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Brewer Park Arena

  • 151 Brewer Way, Ottawa

  • Click here to make an appointment online

  • The assessment centre is open for COVID-19 testing Monday to Friday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. 

  • For other inquiries or questions related to travel testing at Brewer, please email COVID19TravelTesting@cheo.on.ca

  • Please do not book with us if you are leaving the day after your appointment. These appointments will be cancelled.

  • A fee of $185 per test must be paid by credit or debit card at the assessment centre.

  • Adults and children over two months of age can be tested.

  • The results will be available to the traveller through the CHEO MyChart account.

 

COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre – Ray Friel

  • 1585 Tenth Line, Ottawa

  • 613-288-5353 (Monday to Friday)

  • Click here to book online

  • The clinic is open for COVID-19 testing, by appointment, Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

  • A fee of $185 per test must be paid by credit or debit card at the clinic.

  • Adults and children six months of age and older can be tested.

  • The results will be available through Hôpital Montfort’s patient portal.

 

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, 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.

 

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

[8] Includes all mobile and rapid testing initiatives