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Who Can Get Tested at an Assessment Centre?

Based on the current Ontario government testing guidelines for COVID-19 tests at Assessment Centres, you must meet one of the criteria below to be tested.

  • You have COVID-19 symptoms
  • You are a direct contact of someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19. A confirmed contact is:
    • A household contact (note this does not include contacts of contacts such as a friend of
      someone in your household)
    • Directed or recommended by public health via contact tracing or an outbreak investigation
    • Notified via the COVID Alert app
  • In addition, the following groups are eligible for testing at assessment centres, even if you do not have symptoms. Currently, these are:
    • Workers in long-term care homes every two weeks. Workers in long-term care homes should not be tested more frequently than every two weeks unless directed by public health in an outbreak setting.
    • Essential caregivers visiting a long-term care home
    • Residents or workers in homeless shelters, or other congregate settings. A list of congregate settings is outlined by the Ministry of Health.
    • Pre-operative patients prior to receiving general anaesthesia and cancer patients receiving therapy as outlined by the Ministry of Health.
    • International students who have passed their 14-day quarantine period, or who have developed symptoms within their 14-day period
    • Farmworkers
    • Indigenous communities
    • Individuals who need testing for international travel clearance (Note: this is an interim measure. Please check www.Ontario.ca/covidtest to ensure you have the most current information)
Children are eligible for testing under the following criteria:

  • Are recommended for testing by the local public health unit
  • Are showing new/worsening symptoms of:
    • Fever and/or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Decrease or loss of smell or taste
    • Have 2 or more of the following new/worsening symptoms:
      • Sore throat
      • Runny/Stuffy nose
      • Headache
      • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea
      • Fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches or malaise


    Testing in pharmacies is now available to those not showing symptoms AND who are a resident or working in an at-risk setting, such as a long-term care home, homeless shelter or other congregate setting. See the full list of participating pharmacies here. Please note, the TWH Shoppers Drug Mart DOES NOT offer COVID-19 testing.

    Book a Test

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    Testing by online booking only — no walk-ins. If you meet the eligibility criteria, book your COVID-19 test appointment using our online form

    Or use the QR code to connect to the booking form »

    • New appointment slots released daily at 8:00 am
    • If you require accommodation or are unable to use the online booking tool, please speak to the security guard at the entrance
    • If you cannot make your appointment, please cancel it so we can release the spot to someone else who needs it. Cancellation instructions are in the email confirmation you receive when you book your appointment.
    • Note - Please do not call the hospital to book an appointment. We can only book appointments through the online booking form.

    Location
    347 Bathurst St. (northeast corner of Bathurst and Dundas Streets)

    Hours
    Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Sunday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Age restrictions: No children under the age of 1 year.

    You do not need a health card to get tested, but please bring your OHIP card if you have one.


    I Was Tested for COVID-19 Today. What Are My Next Steps? 


Saliva Testing

Saliva testing is now available at the TWH COVID-19 Assessment Centre for eligible patients.

The best test for the diagnosis of COVID-19 remains the nasal (NP) swab and we will continue to recommend this option as the first line diagnostic tool as it remains the gold standard. The saliva test is less sensitive. Furthermore, the saliva test we offer is not the rapid saliva test; the turnaround times for saliva tests may be longer than with nasal swabs. Nevertheless, this can be a good option for some patients.

Eligibility Criteria for Saliva Testing

  • Children under the age of 16; or
  • People with a relative or absolute contraindication to a nasal swab (e.g., medical or anatomy problem of the nose that makes it impossible to have a nasal swab, recent previous oral/nasal/throat surgery, risk of severe bleeding with any nasal trauma).

You must also first pass the eligibility for a COVID-19 test. Your health care provider at the assessment centre will determine the most appropriate testing method for you.

Preparing for Your Saliva Test

  • Drink a cup of water 60 minutes before your test, to ensure you are well-hydrated.
  • You cannot eat, drink, chew gum, vape or smoke 30 minutes prior to the test.
  • Follow the instructions you are given for collecting your saliva sample. You will be required to stop swallowing and let the saliva pool in your mouth. Then gently release the saliva into a container, being careful not to contaminate the outside of the container.
Frequently Asked Questions

The laboratory testing of saliva is performed the same way as the testing of a nasal swab (also known as the nasopharyngeal (NP) swab). What is different is how the sample is collected.

We strongly recommend a nasal swab as the best option for COVID-19 testing. The saliva test is less sensitive, but still an acceptable method of testing for certain individuals.

UHN recommends that everyone being tested for COVID-19 have a nasal swab as the saliva test is less accurate. Furthermore, the saliva test we offer is not the rapid saliva test. The turnaround times for saliva may be longer than with nasal swabs.

UHN is able to process saliva tests for some groups of people who cannot tolerate a nasal swab and can be considered in the following populations:

  • Children under the age of 16
  • People with a medical or anatomy problem of the nose that makes it impossible to have a nasal swab (e.g., recent oral/nasal/throat surgery, risk of severe bleeding with any nasal trauma)

The health care provider will determine the most appropriate testing method for you.

If you meet the criteria for saliva testing, you should be well hydrated by drinking a cup of water 60 minutes before giving a saliva sample.

Do NOT eat, drink, smoke, vape, or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to giving a saliva sample.

You will be required to stop swallowing and let the saliva pool in your mouth. Then gently release the saliva into a container, being careful not to contaminate the outside of the container.

A minimum of 2 ml (approximately ½ teaspoon) is required for testing.

Processing of saliva samples for testing requires additional steps which may increase the time to get your test result and may take 24-48 hours longer for your result.