COVID-19 Provincial Testing Guidance Document v8 Sept 24 2020

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Labs, Testing & Screening

Summary

  • As the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed, the province must also adapt its approach to testing. 
  • With the upcoming flu and cold season approaching, we need to ensure Ontario’s publicly-funded testing resources are available for those who need them the most.
  • Publicly-funded testing will be available and easily accessible for those who are symptomatic, have had close contact with a confirmed case, or are part of an outbreak investigation.

Actions

  • Only seek testing at assessment centres if you are:
  • Showing COVID-19 symptoms;
  •  Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by your public health unit 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; and
  •  Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care

DISCLAIMER: This document has been reviewed by Ontario Health West staff. While staff has provided its summary and interpretation of key action items, every health service provider remains responsible for ensuring their own understanding of the document and actions items, next steps and/or accountabilities outlined in the document.

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