The Ontario Government is making changes to testing at Ontario's COVID-19 assessment centres.
Starting Sunday, walk-in testing at COVID-19 assessment centres in Ottawa and across Ontario will be discontinued. Assessment centres will be closed across the region on Sunday and Monday, unless you already have an appointment.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, all COVID-19 assessment centres will start transitioning to an appointment-based system. Patients with COVID-19 symptoms will have to call one of the province's 153 assessment centres and speak to a nurse before making an appointment for a swab.October 2, 2020
The changes come after Ottawa's two COVID-19 Care Clinics reported "minimal" line-ups on Friday.
On Saturday, COVID-19 testing is available at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Brewer Arena, the COVID-19 Drive-Thru testing centre at RCGT Park and by appointment only at 13 pharmacies in Ottawa. You can also get tested at select places across eastern Ontario.
Ontario health officials are reminding people that they can only seek testing for COVID-19 if you are:
- Showing COVID-19 symptoms
- Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by your public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert App
- A resident or worker in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit; and
- Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care
Here is a look at the hours of operation for the COVID-19 testing centres in Ottawa today:
COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Brewer Arena (151 Brewer Way): 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Parents must book an appointment for children testing.
COVID-19 Care Clinic – Moodie location (595 Moodie Drive): Closed Saturday and Sunday
COVID-19 Care Clinic – Heron location (1485 Heron Road) Closed Saturday and Sunday.
COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Centre on Coventry Road: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. You must book an appointment for the drive-thru testing facility.
COVID-19 testing available at 13 pharmacies across Ottawa (You must book an appointment and pharmacies will perform active screening)
Shoppers Drug Mart
1180 Walkley Road, K1V 2M5
(613) 737 3344
647 Earl Armstrong Road, K1V 2G2
455 Bank Street, K2P 1Y9
(613) 238 9041
541 Montreal Road, K1K 0V1
3940 Innes Road, K1W 1K9
2954 St. Joseph Boulevard, K1C 1G7
1937 Portobello Boulevard, K4A 4W9
1 - 2148 Carling Avenue, K2A 1H1
(613) 725 9990
1309 Carling Avenue, K1Z 7L3
1102 Klondike Road, K2K 1X7
112 - 4100 Strandherd Drive, K2J 0V2
19 - 5303 Canotek Road, K1J 9M1
1615 Orleans Boulevard, K1C 7E2
COVID-19 testing centres across eastern Ontario
Calypso Waterpark – 2015 Calypso Street, off Highway 417
Open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Children must be at least 1 year old to get tested at this location)
Alexandria COVID-19 Assessment Centre – 62 Anik Street, Alexandria
Open Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only (call 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120)
COVID-19 Testing in Almonte
COVID-19 testing by appointment only. Call 613-325-1208 from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Testing is done Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Brockville Memorial Centre – 100 Magedoma Avenue, Brockville
Open to walk-ins at Brockville Memorial Centre 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday
Cornwall COVID-19 Assessment Centre – 850 McConnell Avenue, Cornwall
By appointment only (Please call 613-938-4240, ext. 5420)
(Children must be at least 3 years old to get tested at this location)
COVID-19 Assessment Centre (Beechgrove Complex) – Kingston
The Beechgrove Complex, 51 Heakes Lane, Kingston
Open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COVID-19 Assessment Centre – Napanee
Lenadco Building at 310 Bridge Street West, Napanee.
Call before visiting: 613-354-8254
Rockland COVID-19 Assessment Centre – 2241 Chamberland St., Rockland
Open Monday to Saturday, by appointment only
Smiths Falls by appointment only
Open Monday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Call 613-283-2330, ext. 1401 to book an appointment