There is no location in Ottawa on the initial list of pop-up sites across Ontario offering rapid COVID-19 antigen testing before the holidays.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Ontario government launched a “holiday testing blitz,” with up to two million rapid tests provided free on pop-up test sites in high-traffic locations and in select stores across the region. LCBO.
Ephemeral teams will be deployed across the province, distributing free take-home rapid antigen test kits, subject to supply.
Based on the initial list of 29 pop-up locations in shopping malls, community centers and farmers’ markets, no pop-up locations are planned in Ottawa.
The closest is in Kingston at the Rideau Heights Community Center on MacCauley Street on Saturday.
Government officials told CTV News Ottawa that there are 10 locations in Ottawa awaiting local approval, including in malls and downtown areas.
In a statement on Twitter, Premier Doug Ford’s executive director of media relations, Ivana Yelich, said, “We are working with local partners (public health units) and municipalities to determine specific sites based on data and local needs. We are awaiting approval from many places. “
For a list of pop-up locations for the free rapid tests in Ontario, click here.
Ontario Liberals wonder why no site was immediately approved for Ottawa.
“Ottawa has a population of a million and the government has been talking about these pop-up sites for at least 2 weeks, so I don’t understand why the government didn’t have a plan for the second largest city in the world. ‘Ontario,’ said John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South.
Quick take-out tests will be available at select LCBO stores, starting with the busiest stores this week and more stores to be added in the coming days, the province said.