uOttawa COVID-19 Assessment Centre
The University of Ottawa COVID-19 Assessment Centre is now open for individuals requiring COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test to be allowed on campus. It is located on the second floor of the Minto Sports Complex at 801 King Edward Avenue. Follow the signs for the Draft Pub.
The Centre’s hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.)
You must book an appointment through this booking site.
Who can get tested at the uOttawa Assessment Centre?
Those uOttawa community members who require regular rapid testing to meet the requirements of the University’s mandatory vaccination policy, namely those who are partially vaccinated or who have received or are waiting for an accommodation, will have priority. Other members of uOttawa community requiring a test should check the Ottawa Public Health website to find the nearest assessment center. Residents of Quebec must go through CISSS-Outaouais.
How do I know if I require a test?
As of September 7, 2021, only the following groups of individuals will be required to undergo testing here on campus:
- Anyone coming to campus who has been granted an accommodation (testing at least twice within every 7 days)
- Anyone coming to campus waiting to be granted an accommodation (testing at least twice within every 7 days)
- Anyone coming to campus who is partially vaccinated and waiting to be considered fully vaccinated (testing once per seven-day period)
What do I need to bring to my test appointment?
You must wear a mask and bring your health card or photo ID.
Can someone accompany me to my appointment?
To ensure everyone’s safety, you must come alone. The only exception is if you require someone to accompany you for compassionate reasons.
How do I get my results?
You will be on site to receive the results of the rapid test, which should be available within 15 minutes. A paper copy of the results will be provided on site.
How long does it take to get tested and get the results?
It takes 5 minutes to get tested and you will receive the results on site in about 15 minutes.
Is there free parking at the Assessment Centre?
Free designated parking spaces are available on site in Parking Lot M. Please follow the arrows, which will guide you to the entrance of the Assessment Centre. If you arrive before your scheduled appointment, you may be asked to remain outside.
Are my results confidential?
Yes. Personal health information is protected under Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). The lab is required to confidentially report positive results to Ottawa Public Health.
What happens if I test positive?
If your rapid test result is positive, you will immediately undergo a full PCR test at a nearby assessment centre or on site (when available) and you will be required to self-isolate immediately.
If the PCR test results are positive, you will receive instructions from Ottawa Public Health, and you will need to follow the instructions for those with symptoms of COVID-19:
- Avoid self-isolating in a place where there are vulnerable people, including people who have a medical condition, compromised immune systems, or older adults
- You are not allowed to leave your property to go for a walk. You must remain in a private place, like your yard or balcony, if you want 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 you require 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 to the grocery store or pharmacy
- If you need groceries, medication, or other essential items, arrange to have a family member, friend, neighbour, 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 are we ensuring the safety of those in residence?
- Everyone is being asked to wear a mask and sanitize their hands once inside the residence.
- Remember to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands.
- Be sure to keep two meters (6 feet) away from other people, and to cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
I have questions or concerns about getting tested; who should I contact?
The health professionals who operate the Assessment Center will be able to answer your questions about the test.
If you have any other questions about vaccination and testing on campus, send an email to: QuestionsCOVID19@uottawa.ca.
If I feel unwell, should I get tested?
Rapid testing is for asymptomatic individuals. If you have one of the identified symptoms in the uOttawa Daily Health Check-in self-screening tool, you will be directed to get a test. Before booking your appointment, you will be required to fill out the provincial self-assessment questionnaire: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) recommends that anyone who believes they may have COVID-19 get tested. The OPH website also states that if you have symptoms of respiratory illness or if your symptoms are severe, you should go to a health clinic or emergency room.
What is self-monitoring?
Self-monitoring means monitoring your own health for COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. For more information on self-monitoring, see the Public Health Ontario Guidelines (PDF, 581 KB).