COVID-19 testing for grocery store workers, restaurant staff and maintenance employees just got easier. Ottawa Public Health has recently expanded the criteria for COVID-19 testing in Ottawa, and it now includes people who have less-common symptoms. This includes unexplained fatigue, nausea, chills, headaches and a loss of taste or smell.\nIn an announcement on Saturday, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) revealed that even more people are now eligible for novel coronavirus testing at the city's COVID-19 Assessment Centre.\nWhile the criteria previously excluded those with less-common symptoms of the disease, it has now been updated to include those who are experiencing more unusual signs.\nAccording to their updated statement, this includes unexplained fatigue, delirium (a medical condition that involves confusion, changes to memory, and odd behaviours), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, chills, headaches, and more.\nPreviously, testing was prioritized for people with common symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, a cough, sore throat, runny nose, or difficulty breathing.\nThis means that some essential employees, such as health care workers, first responders and long-term care providers will now be able to get tested for COVID-19, even if they’re only displaying one uncommon symptom of the disease.\nOther essential workers, such as grocery store staff, restaurant staff and maintenance and transportation workers can also be tested for novel coronavirus, as long as they are experiencing at least one common symptom.\nCOVID-19 TESTING UPDATE: The list of symptoms and individuals requiring testing for #COVID19 has expanded. Visit https://t.co/Rst91gjwE3 for more information. pic.twitter.com/kmcORuQSJS— Ottawa Public Health (@ottawahealth) April 18, 2020\nIn addition to essential workers, those eligible for COVID-19 testing includes: Close contacts of confirmed or probable cases, returning international travellers, health care workers and members of their household, individuals who are likely to be hospitalized, and more.\nThe full list can be found here.\nOttawans who meet the criteria, and who are displaying symptoms of the disease, will be able to get tested.\nThe assessment involves providing a swab sample that is taken from the throat or the nose.\nOttawa’s West COVID-19 Care Centre is opening Monday, April 6 at 9 am, at the D A Moodie School in Bells Corners. This Care Clinic - operated by QCH, in partnership with OPH & community physicians - will help treat patients with fever & respiratory symptoms related to COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/MbWEu6nplr— Queensway Carleton Hospital and Foundation (@QCHOttawa) April 2, 2020\nThis latest update comes as Ontario has faced criticism over the lack of COVID-19 testing that has been carried out across the province.\nEarlier this month, Premier Doug Ford committed to eventually assessing 14,000 people per day across the region, a number which would almost double the current statistics.\nSpeaking on April 8, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health confirmed that the city’s larger goal is to offer testing to anybody sharing a household with health care staff and essential workers, including grocery store staff and delivery drivers.\n.@ottawahealth, in collaboration with the Champlain Health Regional Incident Command, is working to ensure those who need testing are tested. Details are being confirmed and will be updated on our website when finalized. We are working to optimize our existing testing resources pic.twitter.com/aHikGMqKrr— Dr. Vera Etches (@VeraEtches) April 8, 2020\nIf you’re concerned about the symptoms of COVID-19, the federal government has created a dedicated self-assessment test for checking your potential symptoms.\n*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.