OTTAWA –As residents wait in long lines for hours at Ottawa's COVID-19 testing facilities, the hours of operation at Ottawa's main novel coronavirus testing facility are being extended to over 11 hours a day.
The Ottawa Hospital says starting Wednesday, the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Brewer Arena will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Staff will be at the centre from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
"We are working on ways to further expand hours as needed," said a statement from the Ottawa Hospital to CTV News Ottawa.
Mayor Jim Watson announced the expanded hours on Wednesday afteroon.
The facility has been open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily since mid-March.
A new online booking system will also be introduced for COVID-19 testing, with the mayor saying it should be up and running in the next few days.
On Wednesday afternoon, both …