Assessment centres in WDG

According to the Ontario government, effective immediately (May 24, 2020), testing is available for the following populations:

  • Asymptomatic, risk-based testing: People who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19. This includes people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case. People who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plants).
  • Symptomatic testing: All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even for mild symptoms. Please go to an assessment centre if you have at least one of the following symptoms:
    • fever 
    • new onset of cough 
    • difficulty breathing
    • chills
    • fatigue, malaise, myalgia (muscle aches)
    • headache
    • sore throat
    • runny, stuffy or congested nose
    • lost sense of smell or taste
    • difficulty swallowing
    • digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain) or
    • for young children and infants:
      • sluggishness or lack of appetite
      • multisystem inflammatory vasculitis
No referral is needed. You may go to any assessment centre to be tested. You will receive further instruction from the clinician at the assessment centre based on your individual assessment. Be prepared for increased wait times at the accessement centres.

Mount Forest COVID-19 Assessment Clinic

Location

  • Mount Forest Sportsplex, 850 Princess Street, Mount Forest, ON

Hours/Days

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (closed from 12:30-1:30 p.m).
  • Closed on weekends.

To make an appointment

  • Call 519-323-0255 ext. 5082 to make an appointment
  • Walk-ins are accepted. However, in order to minimize wait times and protect the health of our patients, we encourage you to schedule an appointment.

Who is providing front-line service at the centre?

  • The Mount Forest Assessment Centre will be staffed by the Mount Forest Family Health Team and North Wellington Health Care.

Guelph COVID-19 Assessment Clinic

Location

  • Victoria Road Recreation Centre, 151 Victoria Rd N, Guelph, ON.

Hours

  • Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Who is providing front-line service at the centre?

  • The Guelph Assessment Centre is staffed by MDs/NPs and RNs/RPNs as well as administrative staff, housekeeping and security. Guelph EMS will also be readily available.

Headwaters COVID-19 Assessment Clinic (Orangeville)

Location

  • Self-contained, semi-permanent, hard-sided tent located at the top parking lot at 140 Rolling Hills Drive via Highway 10 in Orangeville.
  • Directional signage and directional assistants will be available to direct drivers to the drive-through COVID-19 Assessment Centre.

Hours

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 7 days per week (*New hours effective April 10, 2020). Please note, the last car will be added to the line at 4:30 p.m.

How it works

People will drive through and be assessed in their cars. Walk-ins will also be accepted.

Who you will be assessed by

  • The Headwaters Assessment Clinic is staffed by local family physicians and team members from home and community care, primary care and the hospital.

What to expect

  • Please bring your health card with you.
    • NOTE: 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. Also, if your health card is currently expired or expiring soon, you do not need to renew to receive access to health services.
  • We anticipate an average of about 15 minutes for an assessment but the lines and wait time will be unpredictable.
  • We will have two drive through lanes which means if we are fully staffed that we would be able to assess two vehicles at once. There will not be any additional staff for walk-ins so that means depending on how many walk-ins we get, they may not be able to screen two vehicles at a time.
  • Vehicles will come through and be handed an assessment screening tool which is a sheet that those being screened have to fill in.
  • Based on those answers, that will determine whether people are tested. Not everyone will be tested.
  • If a person needs to be tested, based on the assessment tool, they will register and pull into the drive through tent and turn off their car.
  • A member of the care team (nurse and physician) will assess them while they are still in the vehicle.
  • If they meet the criteria, they will get a nasal pharyngeal swab
  • Depending on the symptom severity they will be told to self-isolate or visit the emergency department while they await test results.