Starting Monday, Ottawans will have a brand-new place to access COVID-19 related medical care. Located in Bells Corners, the centre will be staffed by physicians and pediatricians, from both the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the local community. Ottawa’s COVID-19 Care Clinic is the first of its kind in the capital, and will be able to assess up to 200 people every day.

At 9 a.m. on April 6, Ottawa’s first ever dedicated COVID-19 Care Clinic will open its doors to patients and people with symptoms of the disease.

Operating between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, the location will aim to assess residents who have symptoms of respiratory illness, as well as provide treatment for anybody feeling particularly unwell.

The centre, which is located within the D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School on Moodie Drive, will be run by staff and physicians from the nearby Ottawa Queensway Carleton Hospital.

Primary care physicians and pediatricians from the local community will also be on-hand to provide medical testing and treatment.

According to the Ottawa Hospital Medical Director of Emergency Management, Dr. Andrew Willmore, the clinic will have the ability to treat and assess up to 200 patients every day.

“This will further protect our emergency departments, and will also reduce pressure on family doctor’s offices,” Willmore explained.

Sharing a "sneak peek" of the Care Clinic on Twitter, the Queensway Carleton Hospital posted a video of the new location, which was previously an Ottawa middle-school.

Assessment stations have been set up in the school's gymnasium, and signs have been put up around the property, reminding patients to be respectful of staff and mindful of the unusual situation.

“Please know that all of our staff are here working for you in a new and unfamiliar environment, please acknowledge their efforts with your actions and your words,” one notice reads.

Should the first COVID-19 Care Clinic become overwhelmed, a second location operated by the Montfort Hospital is prepared to open if needed.

Previously, Ottawa had created a drive-thru testing centre at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, which aimed to reduce wait times in local emergency departments.

As of Monday morning, Ottawa had 345 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Across Canada, 15,512 people have been diagnosed with the disease.

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