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COVID-19 Assessment Centre
Last updated: November 24, 2020
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre provides screening, assessment and testing for individuals 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 or face covering.
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, as informed by your public health unit, an MGH infection control practitioner or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app
- A resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit or an MGH infection control practitioner
- Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care
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: Our Assessment Centre is wheelchair accessible. Interpreter services are available for patients who do not speak English.
As per the Ontario government testing guidelines, we are unable to test all members of a single family or household unless they meet the criteria. Additionally, as of December 11, 2020, COVID-19 Assessment Centres will not be able to provide testing for travel purposes. If you require a test for travel purposes, please note that some airlines do not accept hospital tests. Please consult your airline or travel agent for more information.
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 14 days after exposure. Testing is recommended on the seventh or 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.
It is strongly recommended that asymptomatic individuals who qualify for testing under Ontario's testing criteria (i.e. those who require testing for long-term care home visits, etc.) book an appointment at a pharmacy. Click here to see a list of Ontario Pharmacies providing asymptomatic COVID-19 tests.
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 seven to eight days after exposure. You must also self-isolate for a total of 14 days after exposure.
- If I am asymptomatic and don’t meet any of the criteria, where can I get tested?
The Ministry of Health is no longer able to offer testing to asymptomatic people who do not meet the criteria.
- If I come to the Assessment Centre with a symptomatic patient, but I myself am asymptomatic and don’t meet any of the criteria, can I get tested at MGH?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer testing for asymptomatic individuals even if you are part of the same family or household.
- I am required to get a COVID-19 test for work. Can I get this done at the Assessment Centre?
We are only 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.