So many people are coming to be tested that the city is extending weekend hours at some testing sites.The Moodie Centre will be open from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and the Ray Friel Centre will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Both will offer testing only on weekends.
The CHEO Assessment Centre and Kids Come First Care Clinic at Brewer Park Arena will be open Friday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre for Adults at Brewer Arena will also be open Friday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The extended hours will remain until further notice, the city said in a media release.
There were also seven new outbreaks reported in Ottawa on Thursday, including four at area schools. Fallingbrook Community Elementary School and John McCrae Secondary School each reported two student cases, while Carleton Heights Public School and St. James Elementary School each reported one student and one staff case.
Ontario reported 2,380 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 17 new deaths. Toronto, with 1,016 new cases, Peel, with 294, and York, with 244, remained the worst-hit regions. Thursday’s numbers were especially high because of a “data catch-up,” Ontario’s associate chief medical officer of health, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, said in a media briefing.
“Even without that, our total cases for (Thursday) is approximately 2,100, a number we have not seen since the end of January,” Yaffe said.
In other health units in the Ottawa region, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark reported 17 new cases, while Kingston confirmed six. Eastern Ontario Health Unit saw its case numbers go up by 46, while Renfrew County reported four new cases.
Quebec confirmed 945 additional COVID cases Thursday and four new deaths, bringing the province’s overall count to 305,435 since the pandemic began, and a death toll of 10,630.
In the Outaouais, 55 new cases were reported, but no new deaths. Overall, there have been 7,086 confirmed cases in the region and 171 deaths.
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