OTTAWA –Health officials in Ottawa who oversee COVID-19 testing say more qualified staff are needed in order to expand capacity.
Demand for testing has skyrocketed since schools reopened. Ottawa Public Health recommends children who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms stay home from school and be tested. This has led to long lines and long wait times at the main testing facility at Brewer Arena the past several days.
It's not families with children who are creating stress on the system, according to officials, but rather people with no COVID-19 symptoms who are seeking tests for peace of mind or another reason outside of a recommendation from health officials.
However, the critical issue facing the testing centres is one of human resources.
Speaking to reporters at a media availability on Tuesday, Dr. Alan Forster, Vice President at the Ottawa Hospital and Testing Strategy Lead, said staff are being hired and trained to …