Do I need OHIP coverage to get COVID-19 health care services?
- As of March 19, 2020, the Ontario government is waiving the three-month waiting period for OHIP coverage. If you do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage and are uninsured, the province will fund the cost of COVID-19 services.
- If your health card is currently expired or expiring soon, you do not need to renew to receive access to health services.
Where do I go to get tested for COVID-19?
- Visit the Assessment Centres in WDG for hours and locations.
We strongly encourage you to use this self-assessment tool if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This new easy-to-use tool asks a series of questions and based on your responses, you will be provided clear direction on what action to take. This may include:
- continue to practice social distancing;
- call you primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario;
- or in the case of symptoms such as severe difficulty breathing or severe chest pain, call 911 or go to the emergency department.
If you have no symptoms, continue to monitor yourself for symptoms, practice social distancing and get information online from reliable sources.
If your symptoms are MILD, stay home and self-isolate. Use the self-assessment tool to help determine if you need to seek further care. Continue to monitor yourself and get information online from reliable sources.
If your symptoms are MODERATE with fever, cough or shortness of breath, use the self-assessment tool. The result may indicate you should call your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 to arrange an over-the-phone assessment. They may ask that you go to an assessment clinic. If you are sent to an assessment clinic, you will be seen by a clinician who will provide further instruction. If it is determined you need to be tested, the clinician will make the arrangements. You may not be tested.
If your symptoms are SEVERE and it is an emergency, please go to your nearest emergency room or call 911.
How do I treat coronavirus illness?
- Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own.
- If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should self-monitor and consult your health care provider. They may recommend steps you can take to relieve symptoms.
- At this time, there is no vaccine for COVID-19 or any natural health products that are authorized to treat or protect against COVID-19.
- If you have received a flu vaccine, it will not protect against coronaviruses.