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Frequently Asked Questions

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.Accordion Content

The COVID-19 Assessment Center provides testing to individuals three (3) months of age or older if they belong to the following groups:

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 who meet ONE of the following criteria:

    • Patient-facing healthcare workers
    • Staff, volunteers, residents/inpatients, essential care providers, and visitors in highest risk settings:
      • Highest risk settings include:  hospitals (including complex continuing care and paramedic services) and congregate living settings (including Long-Term Care, retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, temporary foreign worker settings, and correctional institutions
    • Household member of those in higher risk setting
    • Temporary foreign workers in congregate living settings
    • Pregnant people
    • First responders, fire, police, and paramedics
    • Symptomatic outpatients for whom COVID-19 treatment is being considered (see SAH COVID-19 Clinic webpage for more information) including:
      • Immunocompromised individuals not expected to mount an adequate response to COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status)
      • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and at high risk of severe disease – anyone aged 70 or older, anyone who is aged 50 or older who are Indigenous, anyone who is 60 or older with additional risk factors:
        • obesity (BMI 30 or higher)
        • dialysis or stage 5 kidney disease
        • diabetes
        • cerebral palsy
        • intellectual disability of any severity
        • sickle cell disease
        • receiving active cancer treatment
        • solid organ or stem cell transplant recipients
        • other important risk factor(s) in the opinion of their physician
    • People who are under-housed or homeless
    • Elementary and secondary students and education staff who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school

People who are symptomatic or asymptomatic (without symptoms) who meet ONE of the following criteria:

    • People who are from First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities and individuals travelling into these communities for work
    • On admission/transfer to or from a hospital or congregate living setting
    • People associated with confirmed or suspected outbreaks in highest risk settings as directed by Algoma Public Health
    • Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
    • Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care

Individuals without COVID-19 symptoms, at the direction of their physician/treatment unit:

    • Persons prior to a scheduled surgery
    • Persons with cancer prior to scheduled treatment
    • Persons scheduled for hematopoietic cell therapy, 24-48h prior to their treatment
    • Hemodialysis patients, asymptomatic for COVID-19, at the direction of their physician/treatment centre or if there is an outbreak in the hemodialysis unit

You will be screened by phone before your appointment.    If you do not meet the criteria for a test, your appointment will be cancelled.

Click here to book an appointment for a COVID-19 test.

Staff at the Assessment Centre will determine if you are eligible for an in-centre or drive-up testing appointment.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre (former Kal Tire location)
165 Drive In Road
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6B 5X5

Free parking is available at the centre.

The COVID-19 Assessment Center provides testing to individuals three (3) months of age or older if they belong a group listed in the “Who can visit an Assessment Centre” question above.

You will be screened by phone before your appointment.    If you do not meet the criteria for a test, your appointment will be cancelled.

Click here to book an appointment for a COVID-19 test.

Staff at the Assessment Centre will determine if you are eligible for an in-centre or drive-up testing appointment.

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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. 

  1. After booking an appointment, arrive at your scheduled appointment time in the designated lane.
  2. 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.
  3. You will receive information about how to get your test results and what to do if it is positive.
  • 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 

All of the information on this page is available upon request in French. To request information in French, please contact publicaffairs@sah.on.ca

Additionally, there are also healthcare workers at this assessment centre who speak French.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Hours: 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM, 7 days per week