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Two Coronavirus test sites in Ottawa hit capacity as demand surges [Video]

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OTTAWA –Two COVID-19 testing sites have closed down early after reaching capacity because so many people are seeking tests.

Both the Heron Road COVID-19 care clinic and the Moodie Drive COVID-19 care clinic closed early, according to the hospital that run them.

Meanwhile, the City has announced extended hours at the COVID-19 assessment centre at Brewer Arena.

This comes after Ottawa Public Health and the Ottawa Hospital said people who do not need COVID-19 tests have been clogging up the system.

It is recommended you seek testing only if you are symptomatic or have been directed to seek testing by a public health official as part of a contact tracing investigation.

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