covid 19 virus

COVID-19 – Testing

Last reviewed/updated: 10:13 a.m, September 21, 2020

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Should I get tested for COVID-19?
Where can I get tested for COVID-19?
How do I get my results and what do they mean?
TESTED?  Now What?
Asymptomatic Testing Fact Sheet

Should I get tested for COVID-19?

You should be tested if you:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19, or
  • have been advised by public health that you should be tested because you were in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or
  • are required to be tested routinely, such as staff at long-term care homes, international students in quarantine.

If you have recently traveled to an area with a high number of Covid-19 cases (including in Ontario) you should limit your contact with others for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms. Self-isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.

Due to increased demand for testing we urge people to delay getting tested if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, and have not been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case.  You should continue to self-isolate or self-monitor if you have been advised to do so.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Testing capacity is limited in many areas.  Peterborough Public Health recommends you should seek testing options within the area where you live, work, or attend school.  If you are symptomatic you should self-isolate, or if you have been advised that you should be tested you should follow public health recommendations such as to self-isolate or self-monitor, and continue to seek testing in your area.

The Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) Assessment Centre provides testing for people with symptoms seven days per week.  The PRHC Assessment Centre operates by appointment only 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seven days a week. To book an appointment call 705-876-5086.

Peterborough’s Drive-thru testing is available for people without symptoms of COVID-19.
Effective Monday, September 21
Eastgate Memorial Park
2150 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough
Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on a first come first served basis.

The site can also be used by people arriving by foot bicycle. The drive-thru testing is operated by the Peterborough County/City Paramedics with support from PRHC, the City of Peterborough, and Peterborough Public Health.

In-home testing may be arranged by calling your primary care provider or Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000.


How do I get my results and what do they mean?

You can look up your test result on the Ministry of Health website. You will need your green and white Ontario health card.  Results can take up to four days.

Your healthcare provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) can assist you in finding your results if you:

  • have a read and white health card, or
  • are having difficulty finding your results online.

If you were tested at the PRHC Assessment Centre, staff will call you with your results when they become available.

If you were tested at the Peterborough drive-thru site and do not have an Ontario health card you can contact Peterborough Public Health for assistance at 705-743-1000.

TESTED!   Now what?  Follow-up Instructions for Individuals tested for COVID-19 – Patient Handout



If you test negative for COVID-19 you did not have detectable virus at the time you were tested.  This does not mean you will not get sick.  It also does not mean that you will not be exposed to, test positive for or become sick with COVID-19 at any time after your test.

If you test negative, and had recent travel or were exposed to a confirmed case you should continue to self-isolate until:

    • You have completed 14 days of self-isolation
    • You must also be fever-free for 24 hours and your symptoms must be improving.

If you test negative and had no recent travel or exposure to a case, you should continue to self-isolate until you have been fever-free for 24 hours and your symptoms are improving.


If you have not been contacted by public health, please call Peterborough Public Health immediately. The Health Unit will provide further instructions.

If your test results are “indeterminate”, this means that the testing is still in progress, check back in 24 hours.