Testing for COVID-19
The Government of Ontario has recently updated the parameters for COVID-19 testing.
1. You are showing COVID-19 symptoms; Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:
- new or worsening cough
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- temperature equal to or over 38°C
- feeling feverish
- fatigue or weakness
- muscle or body aches
- new loss of smell or taste
- gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
- feeling very unwell
2. Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by a public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app. If you do not have the app, download it here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html
3. Are a resident or working in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified, and informed by a public health unit, and
4. You are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term care.
If you suspect you are ill with COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 follow:
- Contact the school/childcare to let them know about this result
- You should isolate (stay home) for 14 days and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency
- Talk with a doctor/health care provider to get advice or an assessment, including if you need a COVID-19 test
- Download the COVID Alert mobile app! Protect yourself and your community. Get a phone alert if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and let others know if you test positive, without sharing any personal information.