Our COVID-19 Assessment Centre offers testing for all those who meet Ontario's testing criteria. Appointments can be booked online using our new online booking tool. Walk-in assessments are available daily between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. (noon) or until capacity has been reached. Visit the Assessment Centre website to learn more.
COVID-19 Assessment Centre
Last updated: September 30, 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 in line for your COVID-19 test, including physical distancing and wearing a mask or face covering.
As directed by the Ontario Government’s current COVID-19 testing guidelines (as of Sept. 24, 2020), 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 online here. Walk-in assessments available daily between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. (noon) or until capacity has been reached. All appointments booked over the phone on or before September 24 will still be honoured. 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.
Reminder: 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.
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).
If you require urgent care, please visit an Emergency Department or call 911 and inform them of your travel and contact history and symptoms.