covid 19 virus

COVID-19 – Testing

Last reviewed/updated: 11:11 am, June 28, 2021

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Should I get tested for COVID-19?
Testing Locations
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?
Testing for International and Inter-Provincial Travel

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.

Testing Locations

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

Northcrest Arena

100 Marina Blvd, Peterborough
Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
By appointment, on-line booking only

Paramedics are reducing their capacity at the Northcrest by 50% starting June 28th. They will keep the same hours but only have 4 paramedics on site. They will pull 1 or more when needed for community testing. This will continue until August 22nd.  As of August 22nd, the paramedics will be further reduced to 2 and they will move to the PRHC trailer. There will be a total of 4 testers on site: 2 will be the paramedics and 2 will be the PRHC assessment staff. These will operate as two separate streams. This will continue into the fall.


PRHC Assessment Centre

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and need to be assessed by a doctor contact PRHC Assessment Centre to determine whether an appointment is required.

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


Pharmacy Test Locations

Shopper’s Drug Mart
741 Lansdowne Street, Peterborough (High Street and Lansdowne)
By appointment if eligible. See below.

Testing is available for individuals five years of age and older without symptoms, who meet one of the following criteria:

  • 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
  • Staff working in schools (including supply and specialty teachers), school boards, and child care settings in select Public Health Units (PHU)†
  • Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
  • Individuals who are travelling into remote/isolated First Nation and Indigenous communities for work purposes

For those unable to access testing location above, 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 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
  3. If you were tested at Northcrest Arena or at home, call PPH – 705-743-1000

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.

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.