Testing and Assessment Centres in WDG

NOTE: Testing at COVID-19 Assessment Centres and participating pharmacies is by appointment only.

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: 

  • 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
  • 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

OR

  • 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

Resources

WDGPH Guidance for After COVID-19 Testing