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It'll take patients an average of 22 hours to get COVID-19 test results back in Ottawa

At the moment, there is a current backlog of 2,839 tests in the queue. Changes are also coming to the CHEO and Coventry Drive-Thru testing centres.
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Drive-thru pop-up COVID-19 test centre on Sunday, September 21, 2020. (Photo/Dani-Elle Dubé)

It’ll now take patients an average of 22 hours to get their COVID-19 test results back in Ottawa, according to the city's daily testing update by the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce — if you are a high priority test result, that is. 

According to the report released Wednesday afternoon, 3,376 lab tests have been performed in the city and, in the last 24 hours, 1,547 swabs have been taken at assessment centres. 

The most swabs were taken at Brewer Park Arena with a total of 408. This is followed by the Moodie clinic with 316 and the Coventry Drive-Thru Assessment Centre with 273 swabs.

At the moment, there is currently a backlog of 2,839 tests in the queue. 

The taskforce says that during the week of October 17 to the 23, the positivity rate among Ottawa residents was at 2.7 per cent. 

As of Tuesday, the CHEO Assessment Centre at Brewer Park Arena has changed when appointment slots are released. They will now be available for booking every evening at 7 p.m. for the next day. 

Changes have also happened at the Coventry Drive-Thru Assessment Centre as they have introduced same-day appointments. Since yesterday residents can now get a COVID-19 test at the drive-thru assessment centre within two hours of making an appointment. 




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