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 following groups are now eligible for molecular testing (PCR or rapid molecular testing). 


If you do not meet the eligible testing criteria you will not be tested for COVID-19
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Symptomatic people who fall into one of the following groups:

  • 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
  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts of healthcare workers working in high risk settings
  • First responders (Police, Fire, Paramedics)

We do not do COVID-19 testing for travel purposes.  Testing for travel purposes can be found by searching online for “Ontario COVID-19 testing for travel”, and includes options such as Shoppers Drug Mart, or Life Labs, amongst other options.   Testing for travel is not covered by OHIP and the location completing the test will inform you of the cost.

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

Below is a summary of requirements for those who are not tested (and who do not live, work, volunteer or attend a high risk setting such as paramedics, long term care homes, hospitals, those providing care to immunocompromised, and congregate living settings).  If you live, work, volunteer or attend one of those high risk settings, you are eligible and should have a PCR test, and should notify Public Health and the workplace/setting prior to attending for further direction:

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

Fully vaccinated and children under 12                                                                                   Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or immunocompromised

·         Isolate for 5 days following onset of symptoms, and symptoms improving for 24h

·         All household contacts (Regardless of vaccination status) must self isolate while you are isolating

·         Isolate for 10 days, and symptoms improving for 24h

·         All household contacts (Regardless of vaccination status) must self isolate while you are isolating

If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

Fully vaccinated and children under 12                                                                                   Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or immunocompromised

·         Positive case is a household member:  Isolate for 5 days since last exposure (also applies to those under 12)

·         Positive case is not a household member:  If you have no symptoms, you must self monitor for 10 days since last interaction with positive case.   Do not go into high risk settings or meet with high risk individuals during self monitoring period (visit seniors, visit hospital)

·         If you develop symptoms you must isolate for 5 days following onset of symptoms and 24 hours symptoms improving

·         Isolate for 10 days following last interaction

·         If you develop symptoms you must isolate for 10 days following onset of symptoms (10 days may start part way through isolation period for exposure)

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 (through a PCR or a rapid antigen test)

Fully vaccinated and children under 12                                                                                   Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or immunocompromised

·         With symptoms: isolate for 5 days from symptom onset and until symptoms improving for 24h (48h for diarrhea/vomiting)

·         Without symptoms:  isolate for 5 days from positive test

·         All household contacts must isolate for same period

·         Notify close contacts:  anyone within 2m for at least 15 minutes without personal protective equipment within 48h of symptom onset or positive test

·         With symptoms: isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms, and until symptoms improving for 24h (48h for vomiting/diarrhea)

·         Without symptoms: isolate for 10 days from positive test

·         All household contacts (regardless of vaccination status) must isolate for same period

·         Notify close contacts: anyone within 2m for at least 15 minutes without personal protective equipment within 48h of symptom onset or positive test

A self assessment tool is available for your reference here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

If you are very ill, go to the nearest Emergency Department or call 911.

How does the Assessment Centre work?

Testing and assessment is by appointment only.  Appointments can be booked online here, or by calling (226) 257-1500.  Due to high call volumes, it is strongly recommended that you book online unless you do not have internet access.

When arriving at the Assessment Centre, follow the signage to the designated parking area.  Please do not enter the Assessment Centre earlier than five minutes ahead of your appointment time to ensure proper physical distancing between patients.

Only necessary people should enter at the appointment time (i.e. the person the appointment is for, parent of child, necessary support person).

We appreciate your patience as staff work as quickly as possible to ensure patients are seen at their scheduled time.

To check your test results please visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca.

Assessment Centre Locations: 

South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Kincardine Hospital
Monday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Appointment required. Hours are subject to change.
Book an appointment 

Grey Bruce Health Services:
Owen Sound Hospital
Lion’s Head Hospital
Southampton Hospital
Appointment required
https://www.gbhs.on.ca/covid-19/

Hanover & District Hospital
Appointments available
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