Who should get tested
Asymptomatic, risk-based testing (done at a pharmacy):
Starting on September 25, individuals can get tested for COVID-19 by booking an appointment at select pharmacies if you are:
- Not showing symptoms, and are
- Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care. This includes:
- Residents or workers in long-term care homes.
- Residents or workers in homeless shelters.
- Residents or workers in other congregate living settings and institutions.
- Visitors to a long-term care home.
- International students that have passed their 14-day quarantine period.
- Farm workers.
- Individuals who require a COVID-19 test for international travel clearance.
- Self-identified Indigenous
Symptomatic risk-based testing (done at an assessment centre):
To be tested at an assessment center, you have to have at least one of the following symptoms of COVID-19:
- new onset of cough
- difficulty breathing
- fatigue, malaise, myalgia (muscle aches)
- sore throat
- runny, stuffy or congested nose
- lost sense of smell or taste
- pink eye
- difficulty swallowing
- digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain) or
- for young children and infants:
- sluggishness or lack of appetite
- multisystem inflammatory vasculitis
- Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by your public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app;
- A resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit; and
- Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.
Additional Testing Information
- 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.
Assessment Centre Locations and Information
- Guelph COVID-19 Assessment Centre
- Headwaters COVID-19 Assessment Centre (Orangeville)
- Rural Wellington COVID-19 Assessment Centres (Fergus and Harriston)