Pick up a free rapid antigen test in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario from January 8-15 here

The Ontario government will be handing out free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests in Ottawa, Kingston and Cornwall over the next week.

On Saturdays, test kits are available for free at the Rideau Center in downtown Ottawa and at the Hazeldean Mall in Kanata. More locations are planned next week at Queen’s University in Kingston and Cornwall Square in Cornwall.

As part of a test blitz, the Ontario government is offering up to two million free rapid tests at high-traffic locations across the province.

The Ontario government announced changes to the rules for redeploying the test kits, with pop-up sites handing out the free rapid antigen test kits until next weekend.

Ontario has announced that rapid antigen testing for the most vulnerable sectors will now be recommended for three purposes:

  • Test-to-work purposes to meet critical workforce needs in the highest risk environments

  • For people without symptoms as screening, including health professionals

  • For people with COVID-19 symptoms. If two consecutive RATs, separated by 24-48 hours, are both negative, the symptomatic person is less likely to become infected

Here is the list of pick-up locations for rapid antigen testing in Ottawa, Kingston and Cornwall between January 8-15.

SATURDAY, JAN. 8 – OTTAWA

  • 10am Hazeldean Mall on Eagleson Road in Kanata

  • 10am CF Rideau Center on Rideau Street

MONDAY, JAN. 10 – KINGSTON

  • 10am Queen’s University (Queen’s Center) at 99 University Ave.

TUESDAY, JAN. 11 – KINGSTON

  • 10am Queen’s University (Queen’s Center) at 99 University Ave.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12 – KINGSTON

  • 10am Queen’s University (Queen’s Center) at 99 University Ave.

THURSDAY, JAN. 13 – KINGSTON, CORNWALL

  • 07:00 Cornwall Square – 1 Water Street East, Cornwall

  • 10am Queen’s University (Queen’s Center) at 99 University Ave. in Kingston.

FRIDAY, JAN. 14 – KINGSTON, CORNWALL

  • 07:00 Cornwall Square – 1 Water Street East, Cornwall

  • 10am Queen’s University (Queen’s Center) at 99 University Ave. in Kingston.

SATURDAY, JAN. 15

  • 07:00 Cornwall Square – 1 Water Street East, Cornwall

On sites that distribute tests, there is a limit of one test kit per person.

Access to rapid antigen testing is subject to availability.

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