COVID TESTING SYMPTOMATIC/ASYMPTOMATIC PATIENTS (NON TRAVEL)
Now Available PCR Testing Free IF any of the criteria’s below fits you (Otherwise, you may choose to pay out of pocket- PCR: $100+tax, Rapid Antigen: $40):
- Eligible Groups for FREE PCR Testing Effective December 31, 2021, PCR testing will only be recommended for individuals if they belong to the following groups:
- • Symptomatic people who fall into one of the following groups:
- Patient-facing healthcare workers
o Staff, volunteers, residents/inpatients, essential care providers, and visitors in highest risk settings
▪ Highest risk settings include: hospital (including complex continuing care facilities and paramedic services) and congregate living settings, including Long-Term Care, retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group hopes, shelters, hospices and correctional institutions
o Household members of workers in highest risk settings
o Temporary Foreign Workers in congregate living settings
o Patients seeking emergency medical care, at the discretion of the treating clinician
o Outpatients for whom COVID-19 treatment is being considered, including:
▪ Immunocompromised individuals not expected to mount an adequate immune response from COVID-19 vaccination or SARS-CoV-2 infection, regardless of vaccination status.
▪ Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and at highest risk of severe disease (anyone aged ≥ 70 years or ≥ 50 years who is Indigenous and/or has additional risk factors)3
o Pregnant people
o People who are underhoused or homeless
o First responders, including fire, police and paramedics
o Elementary and secondary students and education staff who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school
• Symptomatic/asymptomatic people:
o From First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities and individuals travelling into these communities for work
o On admission/transfer to or from hospital or congregate living setting
o Close contacts and people in the context of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in highest risk settings as directed by the local public health unit
o Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
o Asymptomatic testing in hospital, long-term care, retirement homes and other congregate living settings and institutions as per provincial guidance and/or Directives, or as directed by public health units.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
Individuals who are vaccinated, as well as children under 12 who have symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to isolate for five days following the onset of symptoms. These individuals can end isolation after five days if their symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours, and all public health and safety measures, such as masking and physical distancing, are followed
Individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or immunocompromised will be required to isolate for 10 days.
If you are someone who works or lives in a high risk-health care setting (i.e., hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, congregate living settings) you must notify your employer. Individuals who work or live in these settings should not attend work for 10 days from their symptom onset, or from their date of diagnosis. To ensure sufficient staffing levels, workers in these settings may have the opportunity to return to work early on day seven of their isolation, with a negative PCR test, or two negative rapid antigen tests on day six and seven. Speak with your employer or occupational health and safety department for more information.
All household contacts must also isolate for the same duration as the person with symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should also consider informing close contacts beyond your household contacts by providing them with the link to Ontario.ca/exposed. Individuals who are eligible for a lab-based PCR test are encouraged to get tested.
If you have concerns about your symptoms, contact your doctor, health care provider or Telehealth for more information and guidance. If you develop severe symptoms requiring medical attention, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, call 911.
If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 but are feeling unwell, isolate until symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours.
If you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
If you are fully vaccinated and you have no symptoms, and do not live with the positive case, you are advised to:
- Self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days since you last interacted with the positive case
- Maintain masking, physical distancing and adherence to all other public health measures if leaving home
- Do not visit any high-risk settings or individuals who may be at higher risk of illness (e.g., seniors) for 10 days from your last exposure.
If you are not fully vaccinated, or are immunocompromised, you must isolate immediately for 10 days following your last contact. If you live with the positive case, you must isolate for the length of their isolation period.
Individuals who are eligible for testing are encouraged to get tested.
If you live, work, attend, volunteer, or have been admitted in a high-risk health care setting, you must notify your employer and should not visit the high-risk setting for 10 days since your last exposure or symptom onset, or from your date of diagnosis. To ensure sufficient staffing levels, workers in these settings will have the opportunity to return to work early on day seven of their isolation with a negative PCR test, or two negative rapid antigen tests on day six and seven. If you live in a high-risk setting, you should isolate regardless of vaccination status.
If you have COVID-19 based on a positive test result
If you test positive from a PCR, rapid molecular or a rapid antigen test and you are fully vaccinated or under 12 years of age, you must isolate for five days from the positive test result if you have no symptoms or from symptom onset and until their symptoms are improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms).
If you are partially vaccinated, unvaccinated or immunocompromised, you should self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or from the date of your test (whichever came sooner).
In addition, household contacts of individuals who have tested positive must also self-isolate during this time. Individuals must isolate regardless of their vaccination status.
You should also notify your close contacts. A close contact is anyone you were less than two metres away from for at least 15 minutes, or multiple shorter lengths of time, without personal protective equipment in the 48 hours before your symptoms began or your positive test result, whichever came first.