COVID-19 Assessment Centre
Last updated: June 3, 2021
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre provides screening, assessment and testing for individuals four months of age or older in East Toronto. Please ensure you follow public health safety measures while waiting for your COVID-19 test, including physical distancing and wearing a mask.
Based on the Ontario Government’s current COVID-19 testing guidelines , we provide COVID-19 testing for individuals who are:
- Showing COVID-19 symptoms
- Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus (e.x. personal exposure or an exposure that is identified through the COVID Alert app, by your public health unit or by an MGH infection control practitioner)
- A resident or worker in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak
- Otherwise eligible for testing as per the Province of Ontario
Appointments can be booked using our online booking tool. We also offer a small number of same-day, drop-in appointments (low barrier appointments) for those who do not have internet or phone access and are unable to book an appointment (e.g. any individuals currently experiencing homelessness or who are living in a shelter, etc.). Please note, due to large testing volumes, appointment times are approximate and wait times may vary.
Please note: Our Assessment Centre is wheelchair accessible. Interpreter services are available for patients who do not speak English.
Reminder about testing after exposure: If you have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, you must self-isolate for a total of 10 days after exposure. Testing is recommended between the fifth and eighth day after exposure. For information about self-isolation, please follow these public health guidelines.
If you need to cancel a booked appointment, you can do so by emailing @email. Alternatively, if you booked your appointment online using a Health Myself account, you may log into your account and cancel it online. If you are unable to cancel your appointment over email or online, please call calling the booking line at 416-469-6858. Phone are answered daily between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
About the Test
The test is similar to that of other respiratory illnesses and involves taking a sample from the nasal cavity with a swab. This test is not an antibody test. MGH's Infection Prevention and Control Team and Toronto Public Health will follow up with those who test positive for COVID-19. Access your COVID-19 test results online here. Results should be available within four days.
It is important to remember that testing represents a snapshot in time. Therefore, it is critical that you continue to follow Public Health guidelines including: washing your hands, physically distancing by at least six feet from people you do not live with, wearing a mask, and avoiding shared surfaces.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. When should I get tested?
If you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, you should get tested between five to eight days after exposure. You must also self-isolate for a total of 10 days after exposure.
- I am required to get a COVID-19 test for work. Can I get this done at the Assessment Centre?
We are able to do occupational asymptomatic testing as directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.
Accessing the COVID-19 Assessment Centre
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre cannot be accessed from inside of the Hospital. The entrance is located on the north side of the building off of Mortimer Avenue, west of the Emergency Department (see map below). The Assessment Centre is wheelchair accessible.
If you require urgent care, please visit an Emergency Department or call 911 and inform them of your travel and contact history and symptoms.