Where and how to access coronavirus testing in Ontario amid Wave Four – .

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Where and how to access coronavirus testing in Ontario amid Wave Four – .


Ontario’s testing infrastructure has adapted to meet people’s needs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and now, in the midst of a fourth wave, it’s more important than ever.

CTV News Toronto has compiled a list of all the ways people can get tested for the novel coronavirus in Ontario.

Asymptomatic public tests

How it works?

  • Asymptomatic people can get this test for free at some pharmacies if they are eligible.
  • Eligible people can fill out a screen request form on the pharmacy website to get an appointment for the free test or they can contact a pharmacy by phone.
  • The province has a database of all asymptotic testing locations on its website.

Who is eligible?

  • People who work, live in or visit a long-term care home, homeless shelter or retirement home.
  • International students who have completed their 14-day quarantine, farm workers and indigenous peoples.
  • Youth and staff planning to attend overnight summer camps in 2021, people traveling to remote Indigenous communities for work and children, and child care staff.

When are the results coming back?

COVID-19 Assessment Center Test

How it works?

  • Residents of Ontario can get tested for the novel coronavirus free of charge at any provincial assessment center.
  • Information on how to make an appointment and find an assessment center is available on the province’s website.

Who is eligible?

  • People with symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been exposed to the disease can be tested at any provincial assessment center.
  • Workers, residents and visitors to long-term care homes and other gathering places.
  • Farm workers, indigenous peoples, child care workers, and people who need testing for surgery or other medical reasons.

When do the results come back?

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Tests

How it works?

  • Some pharmacies offer rapid COVID-19 antigen tests. People can visit the Shoppers Drug Mart website to find places offering testing and can call to make an appointment.
  • The test costs $ 40.
  • The pharmacy says rapid COVID-19 antigen tests are not used to officially diagnose COVID-19, so it is different from a COVID-19 test.
  • Rapid testing for COVID-19 antigen can identify the presence of antigens in a person’s body, and results come in minutes. This may indicate that a person may have an active COVID-19 infection, but a follow-up COVID-19 PCR test is needed to confirm a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Who is eligible?

  • Asymptomatic people, who have not been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19 and who have not recently traveled outside of Canada.
  • People who have not tested positive for COVID-19 before.
  • People who have not been recently advised to get tested by the COVID-19 app.

When are the results coming back?

COVID-19 test for international travel

How it works?

  • At a number of pharmacies, including Shoppers Drug Mart, the COVID-19 test is available in certain locations for asymptomatic people who require a negative COVID-19 test for an upcoming international flight.
  • The cost of the test is typically around $ 200. Most pharmacies allow people to book the test through their website or over the phone.

Who is eligible?

  • You must have an upcoming international flight and can provide flight details as confirmation.
  • You must not have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 recently, you must be asymptotic, and you must not have traveled outside the country in the past 14 days.
  • You also must not have tested positive for COVID-19 before and must not have been invited to be tested through the COVID-19 exposure app.

When are the results coming back?

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