Testing and Assessment Centres in WDG

Testing at assessment centres or participating community labs:

(This includes mobile and temporary sites in priority areas.)

You can get a COVID-19 test at an assessment centre or participating community lab if any of the following apply to you:

  • Symptoms and exposure
    • Currently experiencing any of the following symptoms:
      • fever (feeling hot to the touch, a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher)
      • chills
      • cough that’s new or worsening (continuous, more than usual)
      • barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing (croup)
      • shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
      • sore throat
      • difficulty swallowing
      • runny, stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
      • lost sense of taste or smell
      • pink eye (conjunctivitis)
      • headache that’s unusual or long lasting
      • digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain)
      • muscle aches
      • extreme tiredness that is unusual (fatigue, lack of energy)
      • falling down often
      • for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite
  • Long-term care and other congregate settings
    • a visitor or worker in a long-term care home
    • a worker in a retirement home
    • a resident or worker in a homeless shelter or other congregate setting (for example, group homes, community supported living, disability-specific communities or congregate settings, short-term rehab, hospices and other shelters)
  • Farming
    • a farm worker
  • Indigenous
    • a person who identifies as Indigenous
  • Surgery and other reasons
    • need a test before a scheduled (non-urgent or emergent) surgery in a region with high community transmission (ask your health care provider)
    • an international student that has passed their 14-day quarantine period
    • you received a preliminary positive result through the rapid antigen screening pilot
    • in a targeted testing group as outlined in guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

Testing at a participating pharmacy

You can get a COVID-19 test at a participating pharmacy if you do not have symptoms AND if any of the following apply to you:

  • Long-term care and other congregate settings
    • a visitor or worker in a long-term care home
    • a worker in a retirement home
    • a resident or worker in a homeless shelter or other congregate setting (for example, group homes, community supported living, disability-specific communities or congregate settings, short-term rehab, hospices and other shelters)
  • Other reasons
    • a farm worker
    • a person who identifies as Indigenous
    • an international student that has passed their 14-day quarantine period

Private COVID-19 testing facilities

  • As of December 11, free COVID-19 tests for outbound international travel will no longer be provided. Private COVID-19 tests are available throughout Ontario and can be found through web search.

What to know before and after you get tested

  • Testing is by appointment only at assessment centres and pharmacies.
  • No referral is needed but you must meet the testing criteria as noted above.
  • Bring your health card with you (if you have one). It is OK if it is expired. Presenting your health card allows you to:
    • Check your test results online. Public Health only calls those who test positive.
    • Be treated or prescribed medication for other respiratory conditions if needed and if this option is available at your assessment centre.
    • Move through the testing process quicker.
  • Do not go to a Public Health office, we do not provide testing.
  • You will receive further instruction from the clinician at the assessment centre based on your individual assessment.
  • WDGPH Guidance for After COVID-19 Testing
  • Getting your COVID-19 Test Results
  • Testing Positive and Contact Tracing