uOttawa Assessment Centre
As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making available an assessment and testing facility located at the Lees Campus (200 Lees Avenue, Block D). The uOttawa Assessment Centre has been established in cooperation with Ontario Partners in Health (OPIH), under the medical supervision of Dr. Danielle Gervais. OPIH is providing oversight of all medical components including testing protocols and testing follow up.
Here is some important information to read prior reserving your place.
- To book an appointment, you must be a student enrolled at the University of Otttawa, a faculty member, or staff person. You must input your student or employee number when booking an appointment. This service is now extended to immediate familly members of students, staff and faculty members who are over the age of 17 years old. In order to book an appointment for family members, you will imput your student or employee number, your uOttawa email adress and the name of the family member in parenthesis besides your name. You are not required to accompany the family member being tested.
- The Assessment Centre is open for booked appointments Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is closed on all statutory holidays. For your appointment, please ensure that you bring government issued identification (driver’s license or a passport) and your health card.
- Clients who want to access our centre are required to self-screen using the Ontario COVID-19 screening tool and to follow the instructions provided that are tailored to clients presenting symptoms. In accordance with the self-assessment, seriously ill persons are directed to go to their nearest emergency room or call 911. For additional information regarding testing criteria and recommendations, as well as other testing and assessment services in Ottawa, please visit the Ottawa Public Health website. If you reside in the Outaouais region, please visit the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais website.
- Free designated parking is available on site. When you arrive near the rear of the west side parking lot, please follow the arrows which will guide you to the entrance of the Assessment Centre. If you arrive prior to your scheduled appoinment, you may be asked to remain outside.
- If you are seeking to reserve an appointment for administrative reasons such as study permit requirements or for clinical placements for example, you should be asymptomatic. Then, you’ll have to visit our booking system regularly to schedule the next available appointment or check with your program manager or the International Office as these services will provide up to date lists to the Assessment Centre to facilitate booking.
- If you have symptoms, you should be completing a self-assessment and following the provided directions.
Who can get a test at the uOttawa Assessment Centre?
All students registered for the fall 2020 semester, faculty and support staff at the University of Ottawa. This service is now extended to immediate familly members of students, staff and faculty members who are over the age of 17 years old. In order to book an appointment for family members, you will imput your student or employee number, your uOttawa email adress and the name of the family member in parenthesis besides your name. You are not required to accompany the family member being tested.
Where can I get a COVID-19 test?
Members of the University of Ottawa community can get a test in Block D of the Lees Campus (200, Lees Avenue).
How can I get to the Assessment Centre from the main Campus?
You can walk, take your bicycle (bicycle racks are located near the Centre’s entrance), take the OLRT (there is an OLRT station across the street) or take your vehicle (there are limited reserved parking spots).
How do I know if I require a test?
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) mentions that anyone who thinks they have been exposed with COVID-19 or has contracted the virus should get tested. Please consult the Ottawa Public Health Guidelines which describes the symptoms of COVID-19, in addition to providing relevant information on screening: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/assessment-centres.aspx
I have questions or concerns about getting tested, who should I contact?
The health professionals who operate the Assessment Center, under the responsibility of Health Partners Ontario, will be able to answer your questions about the test. If you have any questions or comments about the screening policies or procedures at these facilities, the professional conduct of staff in these facilities, the nature of the screening, the availability of screening results, the hours of operation, maintenance, queue management, and the number of patients or any other aspect of testing facilities, please send your email at QuestionsCOVID19@uottawa.ca.
If I feel unwell, should I get a test done?
Before booking your appointment, you have to fill the self-assessment quiz: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/
Regarding your condition, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) advises that anyone who believes they have COVID-19 can be tested. Those who show signs of illness or weakness may be given priority. OPH also says on its website that if you have symptoms of respiratory illness or if your symptoms are severe, go to a health clinic or emergency room.
What do I need to bring with me to my appointment in order to get the test done?
You have to bring your health card and wear a mask.
Can someone accompany me to my appointment?
To be able to ensure everyone’s safety, no visitors are allowed with the client unless for compassionate reasons.
How do I get my results?
After you've had your COVID-19 test completed, it gets sent off to a lab for testing. The result is reported to the Ontario Laboratories Information System, the Ministry’s repository for test results. This website uses the details you enter, such as health card number and date of birth, to identify and validate you. It then searches the repository for your COVID-19 test results. Your result is displayed for up to 90 days from the date it is reported.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will get a call from your local Public Health unit within a few days.
How long does it take to get the test results?
It takes 4-7 days to receive COVID-19 test results. These results will be reported by Health Partners in Ontario (OPIH), which is responsible for the Assessment Center. The University of Ottawa will not have access to these results.
Are my results confidential?
Yes. Personal health information is protected under Ontario's Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). Positive results are reported confidentially by the lab to Ottawa Public Health.
The following information will be reported on The Ministry of Health of Ontario’s website:
- Patient age and gender;
- Public Health Unit;
- Hospital or Assessment centre involved;
- Type of transmission;
- Status (eg. Home isolation).
What do I do while I am waiting for the results?
Most people with mild symptoms will recover on their own at home. If you notice your symptoms are worsening to a point where you cannot stay at home, go to your nearest emergency department and/or call 911.
What do I do if I receive a positive test?
Follow specific instructions for those with symptoms of COVID-19:
- Avoid isolating in a place where there are vulnerable people including people who have a medical condition, compromised immune systems, or older adults;
- Leaving your property to go for a walk is not permitted. Stay in a private place like your yard or balcony if you go outside for fresh air;
- Limit contact with others in the place of isolation, including children;
- Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others in your home, if possible;
- Do not have visitors;
- Do not leave your place of isolation unless it's to get medical attention;
- Do not use public transportation (e.g., buses, taxis);
- Do not go to school, work or other public areas;
- Do not go into the community, including the grocery store and pharmacy;
- If you need groceries, medication or other essential items, arrange to have a family member, friend, neighbor, or anyone else who is not in self-isolation do this for you;
- Have items left or deliver at your footstep to minimize contact.
How do you keep people safe around you?
- Everyone is being asked to wear a mask and sanitize their hands once inside the residence.
- Please also be mindful to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands.
- Please be sure to keep two meters (6 feet) distance between you and other people, and to cough/sneeze into your sleeve.
When should I self-isolate?
What is self-monitoring?
Self-monitoring is when you monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, cough and difficulty breathing. For more information on self-monitoring, see the Ottawa Ontario Public Health Guidelines: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-self-monitor.pdf?la=en
Where can I get more information on the COVID-19 virus?
Visit the Ottawa Public Health website for more information on testing criteria and recommendations, treatment clinics, assessment centers or any other issue related to COVID-19: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/shared-content/frequently-asked-questions.aspx