Coronavirus: Hundreds flock to Ottawa assessment centre, but few eligible for testing

OTTAWA — Many of the hundreds of people descending on Canada’s first dedicated COVID-19 assessment centre went home without being tested on Saturday as they fell short of the criteria requiring them to be screened for the virus.

The Ottawa screening centre was a popular destination on Saturday morning, with about 200 people showing up when doors opened at 9 a.m.

But many of them, as well as others who trickled in throughout the day, found they didn’t meet the criteria to be swabbed for signs of the disease caused by a novel form of coronavirus.

More facilities like this one are expected across the country in the coming days and weeks. For most, the centre operates as a revolving door.

Some showed up seeking reassurance after contracting common colds. Others walked in with no symptoms at all.

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