It’s a bit of relief, for the massive, hours-long lineups to get a covid-19 test in Ottawa — three pop-up testing units, slated to open today.

Public health officials have yet to announce all three locations, but it appears one of the first targets will be a school, in bells corners.

A copy of what appears to be a memo from Ottawa public health, is circulating online and is addressed to parents at Franco Ouest, a French Catholic high school.

An individual at that school recently tested positive for covid-19.

The memo says a mobile testing unit will be at the school today, from 9 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon today, tomorrow and Sunday.

No appointment is needed, but the memo says the centre is intended for staff and students at the school who’ve been identified as a high risk contact of the person who has the virus.

A health card is required and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Provincial cabinet minister and Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod announced yesterday that three pop-up testing units were coming to the capital and would open today but that the locations of the three were still being firmed up.

An attempt to increase testing capacity as the return to school has seen demand for testing skyrocket.


The Renfrew County and district health unit says a fourth teacher at Fellowes High School in Pembroke has tested positive for covid 19.

Earlier this week, the school was forced to close after three teachers tested  positive for the virus.

The top doctor for that area now says testing is underway for students and staff members potentially exposed the school…the province’s first school forced to close due to a covid-19 outbreak.

The acting medical officer of health for the Renfrew County and district health authority, Rob Cushman says testing is being done specifically for the affected staff and students.

140 people will be tested, and he’s hoping to have the results back in a couple days.

He says this will give the health unit a better idea of when the school will be able to reopen.


Premier Doug Ford and Ottawa mayor Jim Watson will meet face to face today in the capital.

The two are meeting to discuss the recent spike in covid-19 cases, which forced the province to limit gatherings in Ottawa, Toronto and Peel regions to try and slow the spread.

Ottawa’s top doctor will also be at the meeting at the Chateau Laurier.

Yesterday, the capital reported 39 new cases of the virus, and 293 in the province.

70 per cent of the new cases are in people under the age of 40.


One Ottawa man is likely grateful for the question “Do you want to play encore?” .

Gerald St Martin  says he added encore, which is something he doesn’t usually do, to his ticket for the August 27th  daily grand draw.

He has six of the seven numbers right and won 100,000 dollars.

The 57 year old father of three says he plans to buy a  trailer, maybe a new vehicle and save the rest.

Gerald picked up his ticket at the Quickie on Heron.


Experience Eastern Ontario’s finest wines from the comfort of your own home

The annual wine-tasting fundraiser for Deaf Blind Ontario is going virtual this year

Instead of gathering in-person, wrapped bottles of wine are delivered to your home.

Samatha Marren with “Savour The Senses”  says participants won’t know what they’re getting until the day of.

The ticket price is per household and also includes a ballot for a basket of wine & whiskey prize, to be drawn that evening.

The registration deadline is today, at noon and the event runs September 26th.

More details on Ottawa matters dot com.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to speak today with Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh.

He is consulting the opposition leaders about next week’s throne speech.

The throne speech could theoretically bring down his minority Liberal government if opposition parties don’t support it.

Four conservative premiers — Quebec’s Francois Legault, Ontario’s Doug Ford, Alberta’s Jason Kenney and Manitoba’s Brian Pallister — are also set to hold a news conference in Ottawa today to detail their hopes for the throne speech.


B-C says it has a new mouth rinse gargle test to check if children and teenagers have COVID-19.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says getting tested is key in the fight against the pandemic.

She says this test will make it easier to collect samples from students who are in kindergarten to Grade 12.

The test can be done without a health professional by parents or children themselves.


Joe Biden is mocking U-S President Donald Trump for his handling of COVID-19.

The Democratic presidential candidate calls Trump’s downplaying of the pandemic — quote — “criminal” and his administration totally irresponsible.

Biden spoke yesterday about Trump’s admission that he publicly played down the impact of the virus while aware of its severity.

Biden says Trump knew it and did nothing, which — quote — “is close to criminal.”


U-S President Donald Trump is stepping up his rhetoric on issues of race to appeal to his base of older and white voters.

He held a rally last night in central Wisconsin, an area of the state that shifted dramatically toward Republicans in 2016.

Trump called for a statute to ban burning the American flag in protest, which is a freedom protected by the Supreme Court.

He also criticized sports players and leagues for allowing demonstrations against racial inequality.


Hurricane Sally left some people on the Gulf Coast cut off by floodwaters until they could be rescued by teams in boats and high-water vehicles.

Crews were pulling people out of flooded areas yesterday near Pensacola, Florida.

Alabama National Guard troops helped people evacuate near Mobile Bay.

Homeowners and businesses along the soggy Gulf Coast were cleaning up, even as a second round of flooding took shape along rivers and creeks swollen by the storm’s heavy rains.


India’s COVID-19 caseload has jumped by more than 96-thousand cases.

The new figures sent India’s total past 5.21 million people infected.

Experts say India’s death toll of more than 84-thousand may be a significant undercount.

India is expected to pass the United States within weeks for the highest national total of confirmed infections.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is appealing to people to wear masks and maintain social distance.


Israel is set to go back into a full lockdown to try to contain a COVID-19s outbreak that has steadily worsened for months.

The three-week lockdown that begins later today will include the closure of many businesses, strict limits on public gatherings, and will largely confine people to within a kilometre of their homes.

The closures coincide with the Jewish High Holidays, when people typically visit their families and gather for large prayer services.


The World Food Program chief warns that millions of people are closer to starvation because of the deadly combination of conflict, climate change and COVID-19.

The U-N program’s chief David Beasley urged donor nations and billionaires to help feed them and ensure their survival.

He told the U-N Security Council that famine was possible in up to three dozen countries and could overwhelm places already weakened by conflict such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen.

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