Learn about coronavirus (covid 19) assessment centres and what you need to know before you go to get tested.
When to visit an assessment centre
If you’re worried you have covid 19 or have been exposed to it, you should get tested – even if you don’t have any symptoms.
You should visit an assessment centre if you:
- have covid 19 symptoms
- do not have symptoms but are concerned you might have been exposed
- do not have symptoms but think you are at risk (for example, if you are an essential or health care worker)
Testing is a free service. If you can, please bring your Ontario health card.
Anyone can get a test if they want one.
Some assessment centres may require you to book an appointment first or have certain restrictions (for example, some are unable to test young children). Find out about an assessment centre near you.
When to go to the emergency department instead
You should call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency department if you are currently experiencing:
- severe difficulty breathing (struggling for each breath, can only speak in single words)
- severe chest pain (constant tightness or crushing sensation)
- feeling confused or unsure of where you are
- losing consciousness
For infants under 3 months
Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department if your child:
- has a fever
- is having trouble breathing
- appears unwell
For infants and children over 3 months
Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department if your child has any of the following symptoms:
- fever longer than 7 days
- fever with a rash
- has a compromised (weakened) immune system with a fever
- breathing faster than usual or trouble breathing
- bluish skin colour
- not drinking enough fluids
- not waking up or not interacting
- is so irritable that they do not want to be held
- constant vomiting
After you have been tested
After you have been tested for covid 19, you can access your test results online.
If you are having trouble accessing your results online or do not have internet access, you should contact the clinician or the assessment centre who ordered your test or your primary care provider.