Ottawa's COVID-19 Care Clinic in Bells Corners has seen a recent spike in visits, setting a new record for patients seen in a single day.
According to the D.A. Moodie clinic's physician lead, visits have been steadily increasing since April, with it spiking to 422 on Monday. The facility handles under 100 patients on an average day.
Dr. Joseph Pollard explains many people are getting tested so that they can visit their loved ones at long-term care homes.
He adds, the ease of provincial COVID-19 restrictions might have contributed to the influx of visits as well.
"When people have been out in public and they're worried that [they could have COVID-19], they'll come in," Dr. Pollard explains. "We have also seen loosening of the rules, as far as who can be tested, as well as recommendations and so that contributes as well."
He also attributes the visitor increase to recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the news, like the one at a Kingston nail salon.
Meanwhile, Dr. Pollard says many people are also coming to the clinic because they are unable to see their family doctor or don't want to burden emergency rooms with their medical issues.
In the meantime, he says residents visiting the west Ottawa clinic can expect wait times of approximately two-hours when its seeing peak volumes.