Getting tested for COVID-19 : How to know if you should get tested and where you can go!

Written by Ragini Joshi

Published on : March 27, 2020 2:39




Getting tested for COVID-19 : How to know if you should get tested and where you can go!

If you think you need to be tested for COVID-19, please take the self-assessment:

Take a self-assessment

If the self-assessment tool shows that you need to go to an assessment centre to be examined, health care providers will determine if you should be tested, based on the severity of symptoms and your risks.

You will not be tested if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever and cough or difficulty breathing).

Testing criteria will differ for some groups, such as health care workers, long-term care home residents, and hospitalized patients.

People who are not tested, but who may still be at risk of having contracted COVID-19 (e.g. travelled internationally in the last 14 days, or anyone with an influenza like illness) will be informed by their health care provider to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the start of their symptoms.

If your symptoms become severe, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness or dizziness, please go to your nearest emergency department. If you are not well enough to take personal transportation, call 911.

Timeline for testing results

It can take up to 7 days for Peel Public Health to provide your COVID-19 test results. Continue to self-isolate while you’re waiting for test results.

Assessment centres in Peel
Brampton
William Osler Assessment Centre at Peel Memorial
20 Lynch Street
Brampton, ON L6W 2Z8

Learn who can get tested at the Peel Memorial assessment centre.

Caledon
Headwaters Health Care Centre
(Hard-sided tent located at the top parking lot)
140 Rolling Hills Drive
Orangeville, ON L9W 4X8

Learn who can get tested at the Headwaters Health Care Centre.

Mississauga
Trillium Health Partners Assessment Centres
Mississauga Hospital
Clinical Administrative Building
15 Bronte College Court
Mississauga, ON J4Y 0K7

Credit Valley Hospital
Valley House
2200 Erin Mills Parkway
Mississauga, ON L5M 7S4

Learn who can get tested at the Trillium Health Partners assessment centres.

Questions about getting tested for COVID-19
Call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700, Caledon 905-584-2216.

Negative results
If you were tested for COVID-19 and was notified by public health of a negative result you will still need to stay in isolation for a period of time.

The following information outlines for how long you must continue to stay in isolation.
If you recently travelled outside of Canada:

You must self-isolate at home for 14 days after returning to Canada
OR 48 hours after your symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.
If you had close contact with a sick person who had recently travelled:

You must Self-isolate at home for 14 days after your last exposure to the sick traveler
OR 48 hours after your symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.
If you were informed by public health that you were in close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case:

You must Self-isolate at home until 14 days after your last exposure to the confirmed case
OR 48 hours after your symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.
If any of these conditions do not apply to you:

You must self-isolate at home until 48 hours after your symptoms resolve.
If you are health care worker:

The conditions outlined also apply to you. Consult your Occupational Health & Safety department for additional guidance.