Commencing December 31, 2021, the Ministry of Health has updated COVID-19 testing guidelines. This limits the number of eligible persons for PCR testing through the Assessment Centre. The same criteria for testing will be followed in SBGHC’s Emergency Departments.
Only symptomatic people who fall into one of the following groups are now eligible for molecular testing (PCR or rapid molecular testing):
- Hospitalized patients
- Patients seeking emergency medical care, at the discretion of the treating clinician
- Patient-facing healthcare workers
- Staff, volunteers, residents/inpatients, essential care providers, and visitors in hospitals and congregate living settings, including Long-Term Care, retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, temporary foreign worker settings, and correctional institutions
- Symptomatic outpatients for whom COVID-19 treatment is being considered
- includes those 70 and older (or 50 and older if First Nations, Inuit or Metis) who have a risk factor including obesity (BMI ≥30), dialysis or stage 5 kidney disease, diabetes, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, sickle cell disease, receiving active cancer treatment, solid organ or stem cell transplant recipients
- Symptomatic people who are under housed or homeless
- Symptomatic elementary and secondary students and education staff who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school
- Symptomatic/asymptomatic people who are from First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities and individuals travelling into these communities for work
- Symptomatic /asymptomatic people on admission/transfer to or from hospital or congregate living setting
- High risk contacts and asymptomatic/symptomatic people in the context of outbreak management in high risk settings (hospitals, LTCHs, congregate settings, or as directed by Public Health)
- Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
- Asymptomatic testing in hospital, long-term care, retirement homes and other congregate living settings and institutions as per provincial guidance and/or Directives, or as directed by public health units
Anyone who presents to the AC outside of the eligible testing criteria will not be tested for COVID-19.
Appointments can be booked up to 3 days in advance. If you are looking to book an appointment further than 3 days in advance, please return to book once you are within a 3 day window.
Any person that is not eligible for PCR testing, but develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, has a positive rapid test, or is exposed to a known case of COVID-19 should follow the guidelines provided by the Ontario Government, linked below.
Updated Eligibility for PCR Testing and Case and Contact Management Guidance in Ontario | Ontario Newsroom
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the Kincardine Hospital is located at the back of the building on the north-east side. Parking is available between the hospital and the medical clinic.