Demand spikes for COVID-19 tests as kids fight ‘potpourri of viruses’ – CBC

Nearly 20,000 tests administered last month, more than 3 times the number in November 2020

Dec 03, 2021

Children in Ottawa were tested for COVID-19 almost 20,000 times last month — more than three times the number in November 2020 — as families contend with what one local health official called a “potpourri of viruses” spreading through the community.

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce reported 19,858 children’s tests were processed last month at the city’s main testing site at Brewer Arena, compared to just over 6,000 in November 2020.

On Wednesday alone, more than 1,000 children’s tests were processed at Brewer, and officials say children now account for a “significant portion of testing demand.”

The number of COVID-19 tests conducted on adults has remained fairly consistent at the Brewer site.

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