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Ontario closes COVID-19 testing centres for one day with some exceptions

While the COVID-19 testing centres at Brewer Park (adult), Moodie Drive and Heron Road are closed, the CHEO testing centre at Brewer Park and the drive-thru assessment centre on Coventry Road are open by appointment only.
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Drive-thru pop-up COVID-19 test centre on Sunday, September 21, 2020. (Photo/Dani-Elle Dubé)

Those hoping to get tested for COVID-19 at an assessment centre are out of luck.
     
The province has paused walk-in testing at the centres so it can catch up on a backlog of 79,000 untested swabs, and when the centres reopen Tuesday, tests will be by appointment only.
     
They'll also be limited to those exhibiting symptoms.
     
At least 60 pharmacies across the province, including 13 in Ottawa, are offering evaluation for asymptomatic people, also by appointment. 

Meantime, there are some exceptions to the closures in Ottawa. 

While the COVID-19 testing centres at Brewer Park (adult), Moodie Drive and Heron Road are closed, the CHEO testing centre at Brewer Park and the drive-thru assessment centre on Coventry Road are open by appointment only. 

Also, as it transitions to online booking, COVID-19 testing is still being offered by walk-up at the Brockville Memorial Centre. The centre says there is no need to call in advance, as they feel they will be able to tests all who arrive and register. 

NOTE* While the province says all Ontario assessment centres will reopen Tuesday, the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce says Ottawa testing centres are working to have their appointment-based testing online as soon as possible. (link) More information on when centres will be ready will be released as it 
becomes available.

-With files from the Canadian Press
 




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