On May 25th, the province has changed eligibility for testing for COVID-19.
Please see below the media deck from Ontario's technical briefing and the testing strategy document, outlining the next phase of the province's COVID-19 testing strategy.
Testing Strategy Technical Briefing
Enhanced Testing Strategy
Effective immediately, testing is available for the following populations:
- All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even for mild symptoms.
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle aches
- Fatigue (feeling tired)
- Sore Throat
- Runny Nose
- Hoarse voice
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Nausea or vomiting
- Older adults may also experience symptoms like:
- Acute Functional Decline
- Increased Heart Rate
- Decreased Blood Pressure
Asymptomatic (showing now signs or symptoms), risk-based testing:
- People who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19. This includes people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case.
- People who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plants).
The Province has also stated that:
No Ontarian who is symptomatic or who is concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 will be declined a test at an Assessment Centre (either through appointment or walk-in, per the processes of each individual Assessment Centre).
This is a directive to all people living in Ontario.
Testing is available at local assessment centres at hospitals in Owen Sound, Kincardine and Hanover.
If you are unable to get to a local assessment centre, call the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 1-800-263-3456 extension 3000 Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Some healthcare providers like family physicians and nurse practitioners are also able to provide testing.
As approved by First Nations Chiefs and in collaboration with their staff, on reserve healthcare facilities will provide assessment to anyone living on First Nations reserves with any new or worsening respiratory symptoms.
To learn more about COVID-19, visit our webpage: What is COVID-19?