In recent days, Ottawa’s assessment centres have seen a drop in the number of residents getting tested for COVID-19. Testing is the only way to confirm if you have COVID-19. This is important to protect your family and the people you encounter. Testing also tells us how much the virus is circulating in the community and to inform actions to prevent further spread. Ottawa’s COVID-19 Testing Taskforce is urging any resident who needs a test, and meets current criteria to be tested, to book an appointmentimmediately.

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 being turned around in as little as 24 hours.

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. Our actions over the next few weeks will ultimately shape Ottawa’s next few months. We are all in this together and we all play an important role in keeping each other safe.