covid 19 virus

COVID-19 – Testing

Last reviewed/updated: 8:27 a.m., February 8, 2021

The testing centre at Northcrest Arena (100 Marina Blvd, Peterborough) is providing COVID-19 testing (no doctor assessment) for eligible individuals BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.


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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?
My Child was Tested for COVID-19… Now What?
What is a Close Contact?

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 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

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. To book an appointment call 705-876-5086.

PRHC also operates drive-through testing services in Peterborough with support from the Peterborough County/City Paramedics. For the location and operating hours, please visit PRHC’s COVID-19 Testing webpage or click here:

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

Pharmacy Testing:

Starting October 15, those without symptoms who meet one of the following criteria can be tested by appointment at Shoppers Drug Mart located at Lansdowne & High Streets (741 Lansdowne St, Peterborough, ON K9J 1Z2):

  • Residents or workers in long-term care home
  • Visitors to a long-term care home
  • Residents or workers in homeless shelter
  • International students that have passed their 14-day quarantine period
  • Farm workers
  • Self-Identified Indigenous
  • Resident or worker in other congregate living settings and institutions

If you fall into one of these groups above, you may book an appointment by calling 705-748-6141 or emailing  Testing is available for those five years of age and older.


Testing for International Travel

Please Note:

After December 11, 2020 COVID-19 tests for international 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.

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 Ontario health card.  Results can take up to 7 days.

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

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

If you were tested at the PRHC Assessment Centre, they 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.