covid 19 virus

COVID-19 – Testing

Last reviewed/updated: January 20, 2022

As of December 30, 2021, the province of Ontario announced the restriction of COVID-19 PCR testing criteria to specific residents who are at greatest risk for spreading COVID-19 or experiencing severe outcomes related to COVID-19.

Step 1: Find a PCR testing location
Step 2: Review self-isolation guidance while waiting for test results
Step 3: PCR test results

Rapid Antigen Tests

Step 1: Find a PCR testing location

Information about COVID-19 testing in the Peterborough region can be found here.

Step 2: Review self-isolation guidance while waiting for test results

Residents who are symptomatic, high risk contact of a case, or who have been directed to be tested by public health MUST self-isolate while waiting for test results. Learn more about self-isolation and case and contact guidance.

Step 3: How do I get my PCR test results and what do they mean?

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

NEGATIVE RESULTS
If your test is negative you can discontinue self-isolation once symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if you have gastrointestinal symptoms).

POSITIVE RESULTS
If your test is positive you must self-isolate. Follow the guidance for cases in the case & contact guidance


Rapid Antigen Testing

Obtaining a testing kit:
Rapid Antigen Testing Kits are being distributed through Ontario Health. Please review their information to learn more about receiving a rapid antigen testing kit.

When to use a RAT:

Review case and contact guidance (page 7) for more information about using a RAT test and interpreting the results.

Recording test results:

Record your Rapid Antigen Test results

Peterborough Public Health is asking all residents to record their rapid antigen test results in this voluntary and confidential survey. In the event that testing and contact tracing capacity cannot keep up with cases, PPH will be using these survey results as a surveillance tool.

Residents will only be contacted if they test positive and wish to be contacted by Peterborough Public Health for follow up.