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Ottawa Public Health opens COVID-19 assessment centre at Brewer Arena

Ottawa Public Health has opened the first testing centre for novel coronavirus disease in Ottawa.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is taking proactive measures in the COVID-19 response by partnering with The Ottawa Hospital and CHEO to open a COVID-19 Assessment Centre. The arena will be used exclusively for the purpose of COVID-19 assessments and testing.

The first COVID-19 Assessment Centre opens today at noon at the Brewer Arena, located at 151 Brewer Way. The facility will be open from 9 am to 8 pm, daily. Additional COVID-19 Assessment Centres may open later as needed.

The centre will be operated in collaboration with The Ottawa Hospital and CHEO — serving the larger public health needs of Ottawa. It will provide assessment and testing for children and adults.

The Assessment Centre is for individuals who have:

  1. Returned from international travel AND are displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, including:
  • * fever and/or
    • new or worsening cough

OR

  1. Had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days AND are displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, including:
  • * fever and/or
    • new or worsening cough

Do not bring well children or other healthy members of the community (e.g. friends, neighbours, drivers) into the Assessment Centre.

All City of Ottawa community-based and recreational activities are redirected from Brewer Arena to other locations. The only residents using the arena will be those seeking assessments. This will ensure there is no cross-contact between facility users and those who are requesting assessments. There is no risk to the surrounding community. Currently, Brewer Pool remains open.

For more coronavirus (COVID-19) information, visit ottawapublichealth.ca or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.