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Assessment Centre – When and where to get tested

There are limited test kits so you may not be eligible now. Check before you go with Telehealth Ontario Telephone: 1-866-797-0000

The nearest Assessment Centre to Sound Times is at St. Michael’s Hospital [Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute 38 Shuter St. Enter from the Shuter Street entrance on the east side of the building Hours: 7 days/week; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Unity – St. Michael’s Hospital website 

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Toronto Region COVID-19 Assessment Centres

Due to evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in Toronto, the assessment centers in the Toronto Region will be shifting their focus to people who are at risk of transmitting COVID-19 to large groups of people. Everyone else, even those with mild symptoms who have returned from travel, do not need testing, unless they get sick enough to go to an emergency department. See criteria below.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is not an assessment centre and testing is not provided at TPH offices. //www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-health-advice/covid-19-assessment-centres/

Who Should Not Visit an Assessment Centre

  • People with mild symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection (cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, and joint aches, and may also include nausea, diarrhea and stomach pains) OR fever, who are not at high-risk of transmission to larger groups (see below)
  • People with no symptoms who have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days
    • Instead, self-isolate at home for 14 days
    • Healthcare workers should follow their organization specific policy related to return to work after travel
  • People with no symptoms who have not travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days

Who Should Visit an Assessment Centre

  • People with mild symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection (cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, and joint aches, and may also include nausea, diarrhea and stomach pains) OR fever, AND
  • Are at high risk of transmission to larger groups of people including:
    • Those who work within at-risk settings including any healthcare setting (e.g., acute care, complex continuing care and rehabilitation hospitals; primary care; paramedics; long-term care homes; retirement homes; reactivation centres; dialysis centres), congregate settings (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, respite centres, correctional facilities); school or childcare centre
    • Those who reside in vulnerable settings including acute care, complex continuing care and rehabilitation hospitals; long-term care homes; retirement homes; reactivation centres; congregate settings (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, respite centres, correctional facilities) and those who are patients at dialysis centres

Symptomatic patients should self-isolate while waiting to reach Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or seeking medical attention. //www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-health-advice/covid-19-assessment-centres/

Who Should Go to Their Nearest Emergency Department

People who have symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection (cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, and joint aches, and may also include nausea, diarrhea and stomach pains) and any of the following more severe symptoms:

  • shortness of breath when walking, exercising, or at rest, which is unusual
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • weakness that impairs ability to carry out activities of daily living, such as showering, preparing meals, and dressing
  • lethargy or drowsiness
  • dizziness

If you are not well enough to take personal transportation, call 911.

The following infants and children should also be assessed in the emergency department:

  • Infants under 3 months of age with fever or trouble breathing or appear unwell
  • Children and infants over 3 months of age with any of the following:
    • Fever longer than 7 days
    • fast breathing or trouble breathing
    • bluish skin colour
    • not drinking enough fluids
    • not waking up or not interacting
    • being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
    • fever with a rash
    • constant vomiting

Unsure

People who are unsure if they should visit an assessment centre should:

  • call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and speak with a registered nurse who will guide whether you will require further care or potential testing in person, or
  • call their primary care provider

OHIP coverage is not required to be seen at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre. The assessment is provided at no cost to the individual.

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