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Coronavirus testing demand peaks outside Ottawa [Video]

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OTTAWA –There were long wait times and even longer lineups for COVID-19 testing in Casselman on Tuesday, as demand for tests skyrockets across the region.

Some people had to wait three to five hours to be tested at the drive-through testing centre. The centre has been open since the beginning of April but has been increasignly busy since school started, as more children needed tests.

By mid-afternoon Tuesday, it was so busy that staff had to start turning people away.

Nicole Laplante, director of health protection for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit says they are reaching their daily limit.

“Unfortunately, we do have some capacity issues at times. At one point today, we will be telling people that we won't be able to test them today. Usually we have a capacity of about 250, 300. But yesterday we had about 600 people show up.”

Average wait times are usually …

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