Thursday, May 19, 2022

Here You Can Take a Free COVID-19 Rapid Test in Ottawa

Ottawa residents can walk into one of 190 grocery stores and pharmacies in the capital to pick up a free box of COVID-19 rapid test kits.

The Ontario government is distributing five million rapid tests each week for eight weeks to select locations in Ontario, plus 500,000 each week through community partners in vulnerable communities.

Distribution will be limited to one box of five tests per family visit.

Participating retailers include Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw, Metro, Rexall, Sobies and Walmart. Late Wednesday, Walmart waived the mandatory $35 purchase required to get the free rapid test.

The Ontario government says the test kits are available at stores throughout Ottawa, including: Barhaven, Gloucester, Kanata, Manotic, Metcalf, Navan, Nepean, North Gower, Orleans, Osgood, Richmond, Stitsville and Vanier.

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For a list of locations in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, find the table below Or visit the Ontario Government website.

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COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test


If you get a positive rapid antigen test result

The Ontario government says that if you test positive using a rapid antigen test, it is highly likely that you have COVID-19 and should be isolated with the rest of your household.


If you get a negative rapid antigen test result

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and your test is negative, the Ontario government says you may still have COVID-19. you should do:

  • Use another rapid antigen test 24-48 hours after your first negative test. If this test is also negative, then most likely you do not have COVID‑19.
  • Isolate yourself until your symptoms improve for at least 24 hours
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