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13 Ottawa pharmacies to offer COVID-19 testing, starting Friday

Four pharmacies are located in Orléans, while one Kanata location will be testing, along with another pharmacy in Nepean.
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Ottawans will soon be able to get COVID-19 tests at a number of local pharmacies, and the provincial government says the list of locations offering the service will only grow in the coming weeks.

Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Health Christine Elliott announced Wednesday that as of Friday, September 25, 60 pharmacies in Ontario will begin offering testing by appointment only. 

"We rely on our pharmacists for our flu shots, prescriptions, and important health advice for ourselves and our families. It makes sense to engage them as key partners in delivering more COVID-19 testing," says Ford. "I have to thank Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, and the independent pharmacies who have stepped up in a big way to help expand testing to more people in the province. With everyone pitching in, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of 50,000 tests a day and stopping the spread of COVID-19."

The province says pharmacies may choose to provide testing for Ontarians who have no COVID-19 symptoms. 

"With a recent increase in the number of cases, we are making sure people have more options for testing to identify cases of COVID-19 early. We must not let our guard down," adds Elliott. "Our best defense is still to follow all public health measures like practising physical distancing, wearing face masks and staying home when ill, so we can stop the spread of COVID-19."

The expansion of COVID-19 testing to pharmacies is part of the province's comprehensive plan to prepare the health system for a second wave of COVID-19.

Given the size and complexity of the Keeping Ontarians Safe plan, the province will continue to release details over the coming days.

Ottawa pharmacies offering COVID-19 tests as of Friday include:

UPDATE: Also offering service is Hybrid Pharm - 318 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, ON, K1Z 6X6, 613-695-4923


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