This Version Posted: June 10, 2022
In response to increased Omicron cases, Ontario has updated its testing guidelines. Those who live and work in the highest risk settings will have access to timely testing, protecting the most vulnerable and helping to keep critical services running.
PCR testing is now only recommended for certain, higher-risk individuals. Here is the current list of eligible individuals. (NOTE: Someone at higher-risk for severe COVID-19 who would be eligible for outpatient treatment, including antiviral treatment, is also now eligible for PCR testing)
Other Testing Information
- Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are presumed positive and they should follow isolation and/or self-monitoring guidelines.
- Testing for asymptomatic contacts of cases is generally no longer recommended, except for high-risk contacts/individuals that are part of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in high-risk settings, as recommended by public health.
- Positive rapid antigen tests will no longer require PCR confirmation.
Rapid Antigen Tests – Available for Home Use
Free rapid antigen tests are now available at many pharmacies, grocery stores and other retailers in Ontario. Rapid tests are available while supplies last, with a limit of one box of five tests per household per visit. Find a location near you offering free rapid tests.
- Rapid Antigen Test How to Collect a Sample – Public Health Ontario Fact Sheet
- How-To Video: Using a Rapid Antigen Test at Home – Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table
Local COVID-19 Assessment Centres:
Please note that all COVID-19 Assessment Centres operate on an appointment-basis only (no walk-ins are allowed).
City of Kawartha Lakes
Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) COVID-19 Testing and Clinical Assessment Centre in Lindsay (10 Angeline Street South)
Testing is by appointment only. Call 705-328-6217 anytime and leave a message. Appointments must continue to be made for testing (no walk-ins). The site also offers clinical assessments to support community members with known or suspected COVID-19 infection in an effort to conserve needed capacity in the hospital emergency department. Learn more.
Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Centre in Cobourg (1000 DePalma Drive)
NHH’s COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Centre is now operating on an appointment-basis only. Walk-ins will no longer be accepted. To book an appointment, call 905-377-7783 or toll-free at 1-833-678-2435. NOTE: This service is located in the portable trailers outside the hospital emergency department.
The COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Centre also provides quick, direct access to a clinician for those with questions or moderate/worsening symptoms. Learn more
Trent Hills COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Campbellford (146 Oliver Road)
No walk-ins at this time. To book an appointment for COVID-19 test, call the local Assessment Centre directly at 705-395-1801. Leave a message if directed to so and someone will get back to you. Please do not go to the Assessment Centre without first calling to book an appointment. Please do not call Campbellford Memorial Hospital.
Haliburton County COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre (7217 Gelert Road in Haliburton Village)
If you are eligible for COVID-19 testing or have symptoms of COVID-19 and feel you need to see a nurse or physician (non urgently), call the Haliburton County COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre at 705-457-1212 (press option 6 or 0 during office closures). Appointments are needed (no walk-ins). You may be directed to allied health professionals or physicians for a virtual visit or booked for an in-person appointment. To keep staff and patients safe, it is important that everyone is screened before entry, so please do not attend the clinic without an appointment.
COVID-19 Testing at Pharmacies
The Ontario government is now allowing select pharmacies to provide COVID-19 testing, including some in the local Health Unit area.
- Click here to find pharmacy testing locations in your area (you can search by community or postal code).