Clinical Assessment Criteria


Clinical assessment centres can test, assess, and provide treatment options for COVID-19. You should
visit if you have COVID-19 symptoms and:

  • are at higher risk for COVID-19 and need to get tested and assessed for treatment (including antiviral treatment)
  • have been directed by your primary care provider

You do not need to have a positive test result to visit. You should bring a list of your medications and a list of any important medical conditions.


If you develop severe symptoms requiring medical attention, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, call 911 or go to the emergency department.

Testing Criteria

You are eligible for PCR or rapid molecular testing if you have COVID-19 symptoms and are any of the following:

  • a patient-facing health care worker
  • a patient in an emergency department, at the discretion of the treating clinician
  • a staff member, volunteer, resident, inpatient, essential care provider, or visitor in the highest risk setting
  • a home and community care worker
  • a student or staff at a Provincial Demonstration School or a hospital school
  • someone at higher-risk for severe COVID-19 who would be eligible for outpatient treatment (treatment outside hospital) following an assessment and positive test
  • someone who lives with a patient-facing health care worker and/or a worker in the highest risk settings
  • an outpatient being considered for COVID-19 treatment
  • an outpatient who requires a diagnostic test for clinical management
  • a temporary foreign worker living in a congregate setting
  • underhoused or experiencing homelessness
  • pregnant
  • a first responder, including firefighters, police and paramedics
  • an elementary or secondary student or education staff who has received a PCR self-collection kit, if available through your school
  • other individuals as directed by the local public health unit based on outbreak investigations in high risk settings, etc.

Whether you have symptoms or not, you are eligible for PCR or rapid POC molecular testing if you:

  • are an individual from a First Nation, Inuit, Métis community, and/or who self-identifies as First Nation, Inuit, and Métis and their household members
  • are an individual travelling into First Nation, Inuit, Métis communities for work
  • are being admitted or transferred to or from a hospital or congregate living setting
  • are a close contact of someone in a confirmed or suspected outbreak in a highest risk setting, or other settings as directed by the local public health unit
  • are scheduled for a surgical procedure requiring general anesthetic in the next 24-48 hours
  • have written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager of OHIP or are a caregiver for someone who does
  • are in a hospital, long-term care, retirement home or other congregate living setting, as directed by public health units, provincial guidance or other directives
Thank you for your cooperation!