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Getting tested for COVID-19

How to know if you should get tested and where you can go.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate and should get tested. You can take the self-assessment to help you decide if you need to get tested. An OHIP card is not required for a test. It's a free service. If you have any severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911 or visit the emergency department.

Take a self-assessment

Depending on your situation, you may be able to get a COVID-19 test at:

Assessment centres and community testing locations

You can get tested at one of these locations if you:

Pharmacies

Do not go to a pharmacy if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Testing at pharmacies are by appointment only and you must meet the criteria. Get more information and check the list of testing locations.

Testing for essential workers

All essential service workers who have symptoms or are tested for COVID-19 should self-isolate and contact their occupational health department or Peel Public Health for further instructions. If you're a health care worker or work in a health care facility, refer to health care workers for testing and self-isolation guidance.

Find out what it's like to get tested

Other information

Testing is available in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. The following information provides details on locations, hours and how to book your test.

Assessment centres and community testing locations

Some testing centres may have outdoor waiting areas. Dress appropriately for weather conditions.

Brampton

South Fletcher's Sportsplex - drive thru
500 Ray Lawson Blvd, Brampton (map)
North parking lot

South Fletcher's testing hours and booking details

Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness COVID-19, Cold and Flu Clinic
20 Lynch Street, Brampton (map)

Peel Memorial clinic hours and booking details

Brampton Lawn Bowling Facility
Flower City Community Campus
8910 McLaughlin Road South, Brampton (map)
South-west corner Queen Street West and McLaughlin Road South, next to the Flower City Seniors Recreation Centre

Hours: Tuesdays 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Call 905-796-4922 to book an appointment.

Ebenezer Community Hall
4494 Ebenezer Rd, Brampton (map)
Northwest corner of Ebenezer Road and The Gore Road

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Book an appointment at Ebenezer Community Hall or call 647-374-4676. Each person needs their own appointment.

Professors Lake Recreation Centre
1660 North Park Drive, Brampton (map)
Bramalea Road and North Park Drive

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 4 to 8 p.m.
Book an appointment at Professors Lake or call 647-374-4676

Queen Square COVID-19, Flu and Cold Clinic
Snelgrove Community Centre
11692 Hurontario Street, Brampton (map)

Hours: Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Book your appointment at Snelgrove Community Centre

Caledon

Headwaters Health Care Centre
100 Rolling Hills Drive, Orangeville (map)

The entrance is located on the north side of the hospital, near the Emergency Department.
Headwaters Health Care Centre testing hours and booking details

Mississauga

Mississauga Hospital Trillium Health Partners Assessment Centre
Clinical Administrative Building
15 Bronte College Court, Mississauga (map)

Mississauga Hospital testing hours and booking details

Credit Valley Hospital Trillium Health Partners Assessment Centre - drive thru
2200 Eglinton Ave West, Mississauga (map)
Use the entrance on Credit Valley Drive near Eglinton Avenue West and follow signs to Level 1, main parking garage.

Credit Valley Hospital testing hours and booking details

Four Corners Health Centre
7205 Goreway Drive, Mississauga (map)
Inside Westwood Square

Hours: Every Thursday from 12 to 4 p.m.
Call 416-312-0566 to book your appointment

Mississauga Health Cough and Flu Clinic
CarePoint Health Complex
2695 North Sheridan Way, Mississauga (map)
Suite 120. Located near Winston Churchill Blvd and QEW

Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call 905-361-1448 to book an appointment.

Peel Regional Paramedics Kingsway Satellite Station - drive thru
Kingsway Drive near 7120 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (map)
Use the parking lot entrance on Derrycrest Drive. Look for the small building located at the corner Derrycrest Drive and Kingsway Drive.

Hours: Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Book an appointment at Kingsway paramedic station or call 647-374-4676

Pharmacies

Several pharmacies in Peel are offering COVID-19 testing. It's by appointment only and for people who are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 and meet additional criteria. Find out more information and check the list of testing locations.

You have been tested but are still waiting for your results:

Most people will need to self-isolate while they wait for their test results. Do not assume that no test result means a negative test, as it may take approximately 7 days to receive results.

If you had symptoms when you got tested:

  • you and your household contacts must self-isolate while you wait for your test results but should self-monitor for symptoms

If you had NO symptoms when you got tested but are a close contact of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19:

  • you must self-isolate for 14 days from your last exposure to a person with COVID-19 and self-monitor for symptoms
  • your household contacts do not need to self-isolate but should self-monitor for symptoms
  • if you develop symptoms, both you and your household contacts must self-isolate while you wait for your test results

Learn what to do if you can’t self-isolate in your home.

You tested positive for COVID-19:

Peel Public Health will contact all positive cases directly.

  • Self-isolate at home for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms if you have a mild to moderate illness, or from the date your test was completed if you don't have symptoms. Learn what to do if you can’t self-isolate in your home.
  • Some people with severe illness (i.e., hospitalized) may have to isolate for longer. Further instructions will be provided by your health care provider or public health.
  • You can come out of isolation after 10 days if you are feeling well and don't have a fever (your temperature remains lower than 37.8 °C without the use of medication).
  • A negative test is not needed for you to return to work.

Informing your close contacts

  • Inform your close contacts, including people you live with, that they must self-isolate for at least 14 days from their last exposure to you, even if they test negative for COVID-19. This is because the virus may still be incubating and may not have been detected by the test.
  • Close contacts should get tested at least 5 to 7 days after they were last exposed to a person with COVID-19. If they have symptoms, they should go for testing as soon as possible.

You tested negative for COVID-19:

If you tested negative for COVID-19 you will still need to stay in self-isolation for a period of time, as you could still be at risk of developing COVID-19 based on your exposure, or you may have another illness.

If you had no known exposures to a COVID-19 case and

  • had symptoms: stay in-self-isolation for 24 hours after your symptoms resolve.
  • had no symptoms: you do not need to self-isolate.

If you have been in close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days:

  • stay in self-isolation for 14 days from your last known exposure to a person with COVID-19, or from the date you returned to Canada.

If you develop new or worsening symptoms, you should get re-tested. Both you and your household contacts must then self-isolate. Learn what to do if you can’t self-isolate in your home.

Close contacts

A close contact is anyone who has been in close physical proximity to someone who has COVID-19. This means being exposed to the person for at least 15 minutes or longer, with less than 2 metres distance apart.

You're also a close contact if you're caring for someone with COVID-19. This includes providing direct care without using proper personal protective equipment (PPE).

A close contact can be:

  • Someone you live or work with.
  • Someone you've been less than 2 metres away from for longer than a brief time.

Close contacts should self-isolate immediately from others and book an appointment to get tested. Take the online self-assessment if you need help figuring out whether to get tested.

Close contacts must self-isolate for at least 14 days from their last exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19. Learn what to do if you can’t self-isolate in your home.

Timeline for test results

It can take approximately 7 days to receive your COVID-19 test results.

All positive and negative results are sent to the testing site or health care provider that tested you. Public Health receives all positive test results but does not have access to all negative test results.

Peel Public Health does not provide COVID-19 testing.

How to get your test results

  • Follow the directions given by the person who tested you.
  • Visit the Ontario government's online portal and select “check your lab results” to access your test results online.
  • Public Health will notify you by phone if your test result is positive.
  • If you have an older health card (red and white health card) or don’t have a health card, your test results may not be available online. Follow the directions given to you by the site where you were tested and contact them if you have any additional questions about your results.
  • If you do not have internet access, call your family doctor or nurse practitioner to get your results.

You may be required to continue to self-isolate while you’re waiting for test results. For full details refer to the after getting tested section.

Learn what to do if you can’t self-isolate in your home.

A negative test does not mean you can’t get infected with COVID-19 in the future. After you're tested, continue to follow measures to protect yourself and others.

You must self-isolate if you:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Had contact with someone who has COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Recently travelled anywhere outside Canada in the past 14 days.

Learn more about your obligations to self-isolate based on Peel Public Health’s Class Order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, and the Federal Quarantine Act.

How to self-isolate

Access information on the following resources:

These information sheets are also available in multiple languages.

If you can’t self-isolate at home

If you’re not able to safely self-isolate at home, you may be eligible to isolate through the Region of Peel COVID-19 Isolation and Recovery Program. The program is managed by the Region of Peel with funding from the Government of Canada.

The program includes a voluntary isolation centre that is centrally located in Peel. If you choose to self-isolate through the program you’ll be provided with lodging and food. Transportation to and from the centre is available if needed. Medical care and other social services are available on-site if needed. You can stay for the full 14 days of self-isolation or when you receive a negative COVID-19 test result. Children under the age of 16 will stay with a parent or guardian.

To be eligible to isolate at the centre, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case or are a vulnerable household contact.
  • Can’t safely self-isolate at home away from others in your household.
  • Are 16 years or older (or are staying with a parent or guardian).
  • Agree to stay at the centre for up to 14 days.
  • Can complete daily activities (such as walking with or without an assistive device, bathing and dressing yourself, eating and drinking) with minimal support or supervision.

You can be referred to this program by hospital staff or a public health Case and Contact Manager.

To find out more about this program, call the Region of Peel at 905-799-7700 or in Caledon 905-584-2216.

Self-isolation toolkit

If you’re contacted by public health because you tested positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact of a someone with COVID-19, you’ll be asked to review instructions for self-isolation found in our self-isolation toolkit.

Get the app

Download the free COVID Alert app on your phone to:

  • Get a notification if you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Ensure that others who you've had close contact with are notified if you test positive for COVID-19, without sharing any personal information.

Alerts from the app

If you receive an alert from the app that you've been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, follow these steps:

  • Self-isolate and book an appointment to get tested for COVID-19.
  • Stay home until you get your test results.
  • If you tested positive, stay in self-isolation. Public health will call you and provide instructions for what to do after getting tested. Tell your household members to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days after their last exposure to you.
  • If you tested negative, you can come out of self-isolation and self-monitor for symptoms, unless you were notified by public health that you're a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, or you know you were in contact with someone in the past 14 days who was sick. In those cases, self-isolate for 14 days from when you were exposed to the person. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and get re-tested.

Learn what to do if you can’t self-isolate in your home.

Profile of COVID-19 cases in Peel
Peel Public Health has created a dashboard with information about COVID-19 cases in Peel.

Interactive map of COVID-19 cases in Peel
This map shows only where people with COVID-19 live in Peel. We know that people work and socialize outside of their neighbourhood. Therefore, these maps will not show where people were when they were exposed to COVID-19. It's because of this, areas with lower or higher amounts of cases do not always show the actual risk to the community. The map will be updated weekly.

Additional reports