Testing and treatment

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?

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;
  • self-isolate;
  • 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.

In general:

  • 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.

Vaccine

  • 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.