This Version Posted: June 30, 2020
Testing for COVID-19 is a critical step in stopping the spread of illness. In certain cases, you may be directed by your health care provider or the Health Unit to be tested for COVID-19.
Where and When to Get Tested
- Get tested if:
- You can also call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020, for more advice
- COVID-19 Assessment Centres can test and assist people who are suspected of having COVID-19.
- It can take up to seven days to receive lab test results for COVID-19. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with the virus, or have been directed by the Health Unit, you MUST remain in self-isolation and monitor your symptoms. If at any time you develop symptoms or they get worse, contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020. If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
- You can check your COVID-19 lab results using an online portal provided by the Provincial government. To get results, you will need your OHIP card number and address. If you cannot get your results online, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020.
- Follow this link for follow up instructions after you’ve been tested for COVID-19.
If You Test Positive for COVID-19
- You MUST continue to self isolate if you test positive for the virus. The Health Unit will call you as soon as possible about your test results and ask you questions about places you have visited and people who you were in close contact. Anyone in close contact with you may be at risk from COVID-19 themselves, so must be called. Your help in answering Health Unit questions is essential to protect the health of others in the community.
- You will receive daily phone calls from the Health Unit to see how you are doing and to monitor any symptoms you have. The Health Unit will also ensure you are staying in self-isolation at home. Health Unit staff can discuss any supports you need and respond to your questions.
- If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and do NOT stay at home in self-isolation, you could be served with a Class Order under Section 22 (5.01.1) of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. This order states you must stay home in self-isolation or face daily fines or imprisonment for not doing so.
- Typically, you can stop self-isolating 14 days after you first had COVID-19 symptoms or when you tested positive (as long as you do not have a fever and any other symptoms are getting better). To be safe, do not stop self-isolating until you receive the all-clear from the Health Unit.
- Visit the Ontario government website to learn more about COVID-19 testing.
- The Health Unit will follow up with anyone who has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. This is called contact tracing.
- Individuals who are considered close contacts to someone who has COVID-19 can include:
- Family members/people living in the same household
- Anyone who had direct contact with a positive COVID-19 case
- The Health Unit will follow up with these close contacts and give instructions on what they need to do (like self-isolating) to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Health Unit will also do daily phone calls with close contacts to check in on them and ensure they follow public health directions.