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Frequently Asked Questions
The Assessment Centre provides testing to any person 2 years of age or over. Additionally, a mobile outreach team will begin providing off-site testing of large groups or cohorts of people requiring surveillance swabbing. The purpose of the mobile outreach team is to streamline testing of asymptomatic individuals who are at risk and ensure the Centre can be as efficient as possible in testing these larger groups of people. The mobile team will be providing off-site testing to asymptomatic retirement home workers in the community to start with plans to look at how they can help other large cohorts who require testing get tested as quickly and safely as possible.
Testing for COVID-19 is open to persons over 2 years of age or over who are:
- Showing COVID-19 symptoms
- 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
- Residents or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit
- Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care
Assessment Centres are out-of-hospital clinics where people can be seen by a health care provider for COVID-19 concerns, rather than have them visit an Emergency Department, Urgent Care Centre or their family doctor’s office. There will be no medication or treatment onsite at COVID-19 Assessment Centres. Ontario’s COVID-19 Assessment Centres are intended to educate and provide further guidance as well as to triage individuals and determine the next steps in their care. It is important to note that an assessment at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre will not identify if you have other conditions that have similar symptoms to COVID-19 such as a cold or flu. The COVID-19 test used by the Assessment Centre will not inform you whether you have previously been infected with COVID-19 and recovered.
To book an appointment for a COVID-19 test, individuals should phone the Assessment Centre at (705) 759-3434, ext. 7152. Staff at the Assessment Centre will determine if you are eligible for an in-centre or drive-up testing appointment.
Free parking is available at the centre.
We have both in-centre and drive-up testing options.
Please call (705) 759-3434, ext. 7152 to book an appointment. Staff will determine which option is best for you.
Testing for COVID-19 is open to any person 2 years of age or over who:
- does not have symptoms but are concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19
- does not have symptoms but are at risk of exposure to COVID-19
- has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (even mild ones)
- does not meet the above criteria but were referred for testing by a health care agency such as 9-1-1, Telehealth, Algoma Public Health, their primary care provider or Occupational health department.
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At this time, our COVID-19 Assessment Centre is not able to offer COVID-19 testing for travel purposes.
Testing for travel purposes does not fall under the Ministry of Health established guidelines established for this centre.
- When you arrive we will take your name, assess you for COVID-19 symptoms, and you will be asked to wait in one of two lines (one line is for people with symptoms, and the other is for people without symptoms). We will then call you when it is your turn to be tested.
- A healthcare worker will swab your nose in order to obtain a sample to test you for COVID-19. For symptomatic people, a healthcare worker will also check your pulse and your heart rate.
- You will receive information about how to get your test results and what to do if it is positive.
- Please call (705) 759-3434, ext, 7152 to make an appointment
- You do not need a referral to get a test
- You can find your COVID-19 test results by visiting this website. You need to have your OHIP number ready to check your test results on the website
- A healthcare worker will also contact you directly if your result is positive
- If you can’t access the website to see your test result, a healthcare worker can call you directly to provide your results