covid 19 virus

COVID-19 – Testing

Last reviewed/updated: November 23, 2021

Use The Step by Step Guide to Access COVID-19 Testing..

Step 1: Should I get tested for COVID-19?
Step 2: Do I need a PCR or a Rapid Antigen Test?
Step 3: Find a Testing Location
Step 4: How do I get my results and what do they mean?
TESTED?  Now What?
My Child Was Tested Now What?
School Screening Protocol
What is a Close Contact?
Testing for International and Inter-Provincial Travel

Step 1: Should I get tested for COVID-19?

Take the online COVID-19 self-assessment to determine if testing is needed

Testing is available if you:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19, or
  • have been advised by public health or Public Health Ontario that you should be tested because you were in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or
  • have received exposure notification through the COVID-19 Alert app, or
  • have been advised by a medical professional that testing is required prior to a procedure, or
  • are required to be tested routinely, such as staff at long-term care homes or retirement homes, or
  • are planning to visit a loved one indoors at a long-term care home, or
  • are a student or staff member at a school who had symptoms and require a test to return to school, or
  • have tested positive to a rapid-antigen COVID-19 test.

Step 2: Do I Need a PCR or a Rapid Antigen Test?

High Risk Contact and Testing Guidance Document

There are several reasons to get tested, but did you know that each test is used differently?  Rapid Antigen Testing does not provide positive or negative diagnosis of COVID-19.

Rapid Antigen Testing is used for enhanced screening.  This may include,

  • routine testing before going to work, or
  • entering high-risk settings.

PCR testing is used as a diagnostic tool.  Seek PCR testing if you:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Are exposed to a person with COVID-19 AND instructed to be tested by Public Health or Public Health Ontario
  • Are instructed to be tested by Public Health or Public Health Ontario

Step 3: Testing Locations

PCR Testing Locations

Bring your Ontario Health Card to any appointment to ensure test results are available online

Peterborough Regional Health Centre

1 Hospital Drive, Peterborough
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. seven days a week
By appointment only

If you have moderate COVID-19 symptoms and require a physician assessment, please call 705-876-5086 to book an appointment.

If you are asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms that do not require a physician assessment, please book online here:


Trent University Student Health Services

Trent University Student Health Services is offering COVID-19 PCR testing to Trent students who meet testing requirement. Students must call to book an appointment with health services if they require testing. Please visit the Health Services webpage for more information on testing criteria and booking an appointment.

Pharmacy Test Locations

Shopper’s Drug Mart
741 Lansdowne Street, Peterborough (High Street and Lansdowne)
By appointment ONLY

Monday – Friday, 10am-6:30pm

Testing is available for individuals five years of age and older, who are symptomatic or asymptomatic. Learn more about testing at Shoppers Drug Mart 

Rapid Antigen Testing Locations

Rapid Antigen Testing Kits are available for workplaces to use as surveillance for employees. Learn more here.

Step 4: How do I get my PCR test results and what do they mean?

Tested.. Now What?
My Child Was Tested Now What?

You can look up your PCR test result on the Ministry of Health website. You will need your green Ontario health card.  Results may take up to 3 – 4 days depending on the volume of testing.

Cannot Find Results Online
If it has been 7 days and you cannot find your results online use these steps,

  1. Call your primary healthcare provider for assistance
  2. If you were tested at PRHC, call PRHC Assessment Centre – 705-876-5086

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 10 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.

Please Note: PPH is experiencing very high call volumes. Please be patient. 

Testing for International and Inter-provincial Travel

Please Note:
After December 11, 2020 COVID-19 tests for international and inter-provincial travel will no longer be available in the Peterborough area. These tests are no longer free and will need to paid for at the pharmacy or lab where the test is done.

Travelers should consult their travel agent or the airline’s travel guidelines to ensure they have the most up-to-date information about requirements for travel.

To find a location where you can get tested for international travel, please talk to your travel agent or the airline that you will be travelling on. An internet search for “COVID-19 Testing for International Outbound Travel Ontario” may also be helpful.