covid 19 virus

COVID-19 – Testing

Last reviewed/updated: 1:03 PM June 24, 2020


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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


Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Testing clinics are lead by the Peterborough Paramedics with support from PRHC, the City of Peterborough, the County of Peterborough and Peterborough Public Health.  Clinic information below will be updated regularly. Please bring your Ontario Health Card with you.

PRHC Assessment Centre offers testing seven days per week for residents with symptoms.  To book an appointment call 705-876-5086.

Drive-through testing for residents without symptoms is available until Friday, July 3, 2020 at the Kinsmen Civic Centre Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but will be closed July 1 (Canada Day)  on a first come, first serve basis. The Kinsmen Civic Centre is located at 1 Kinsmen Way, click here for directions.

In-home testing may also be arranged by calling Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000.

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

You can look for your test result on the Ministry of Health website, you will need your health card. It may take 2 to 6 business days from your test date to receive your result.

If you have been tested for COVID-19 and do not have internet access or a health card, please contact the Health Unit at 705-743-1000 for support with accessing your results.

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

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

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For NEGATIVE RESULTS

If you are an essential service worker, please contact your employer or Peterborough Public Health for further direction.  When not at work, follow the instruction below that apply to you.

  1. Had recent travel or exposure to a case (person diagnosed with COVID-19), you should continue to self-isolate until you have:
    • Completed 14 days of self-isolation (self-isolation started when you entered Canada (if you traveled) or when you had your last exposure with a case.
    • You must also be fever-free for 24 hours and your symptoms must be improving.
  1. 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.

For POSITIVE RESULTS

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.

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