To reduce the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, anyone who feels sick should stay home. Find out if you are eligible for COVID-19 treatment, continue to follow public health measures and stay up-to-date with your vaccinations for the best protection.

 

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms (even if mild) and are at higher risk of severe illness, you may seek testing. Take the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Self Assessment for more information on what to do next. You may benefit from available therapies to prevent severe illness. Find out more about COVID-19 treatment and if you’re eligible.

Note: OHIP coverage is not needed for COVID-19 assessment or testing, and treatment is free of charge. COVID-19 testing is not provided by Toronto Public Health.

Visit the Ministry of Health’s website to find out if you are eligible for COVID-19 testing and treatment including how to get your test results.

Children who have symptoms should stay home and complete the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Self-Assessment Tool. Testing is available for eligible residents, including children.

Clinical Assessment Centres are able to assess, test and provide treatment options to eligible individuals with COVID-19, cough, cold and flu symptoms.

Free rapid antigen tests are currently not available at any city facilities. More kits are expected to be made available soon. This webpage will be updated with a list of pick-up locations.

Indigenous residents can receive integrated COVID-19 testing (including case management, contact tracing, outreach supports, and referrals) at Auduzhe Mino Nesewinong and Anishnawbe Health Toronto’s mobile healing unit which are Indigenous-led COVID-19 assessment and testing centres, located in Midtown Toronto and Downtown Toronto, respectively.

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Auduzhe Mino Nesewinong (Place of Healthy Breathing)

Comprehensive First Nations, Inuit and Métis specific COVID-19 response program

Address: 22 Vaughan Rd.

Hours:

  • Monday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Telephone: 416-654-4184

Age Restrictions: None

This clinic is designed to address barriers in culturally safe access for First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM); or people who live with and, or, work closely with FNIM people.

To book an appointment or make a referral please call 416-654-4184 or email appointments@healthybreathing.co.

More information.

Anishnawbe Health Toronto Mobile Healing Team

Photo of Anishnawbe Health Team Mobile Healing Bus

Locations, dates and hours:

For questions please call 416-920-2605 x 269

Who should use a Rapid Antigen Test:

To reduce the spread of respiratory viruses, anyone (including children) who feels sick should stay home and complete the Ontario Ministry of Health’s self-assessment tool to learn more about what to do next.

At this time, a positive rapid antigen test is enough to start COVID-19 treatment for those who are eligible.

How to use a Rapid Antigen Test:

Rapid Antigen Tests are less likely to pick up the COVID-19 Omicron strain. When the cheeks, back of the tongue or throat and nostrils are also swabbed, the rapid antigen tests are better at finding Omicron.

Learn more on how to collect a sample for a rapid antigen test or review the video instructions for adults and children.

Who should use a PCR test:

Visit the Ministry of Health’s website for information on who is eligible for PCR testing.

PCR testing is only recommended if you develop symptoms and are eligible.

If you are eligible (including people eligible for COVID-19 treatments), you can locate your nearest pharmacy or assessment centre for PCR testing.

Based on the results of your PCR or Rapid Antigen Test, do the following:

Positive PCR

Negative PCR

  • You likely do not have COVID-19 and you can end self-isolation if you no longer have a fever and your symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and/or diarrhea).

Positive Rapid Antigen Test

  • You most likely have COVID-19. Visit our page for people who have COVID-19 to find if you will need to self-isolate and what you need to do to prevent further spread. Positive rapid antigen tests do NOT need to be confirmed by PCR/rapid molecular test and do not need to be reported to the public health unit.

Negative Rapid Antigen Test

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, a single negative rapid antigen test does not mean that you do not have COVID-19 infection.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms and two rapid antigen tests, separated by 24 to 48 hours, are both negative, it is less likely you have a COVID-19 infection. Self-isolate until you no longer have fever and your symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and/or diarrhea).

Note: If you are a close contact of a person with COVID-19, find out What To Do If You Are a Close Contact.