Are Assessment Centres still open in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark now that Ontario is in Phase 3?
There are 3 assessment centres currently open in the LGL region:
- Brockville: At the Brockville Memorial Centre and is open to walk-ins. Anyone can come and get a test anytime Monday-Friday 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Smiths Falls: By appointment only and anyone can book their own appointment by calling 613-283-2330, ext. 1401. This phone line is answered Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Almonte. By appointment only and anyone can book their own appointment by calling 613-325-1208 from Monday to Sunday between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Please visit the Assessment, Testing and Results section of our website at healthunit.org to find all of this information or visit the Government of Ontario’s website, Ontario.ca, to find an assessment centre. Watch our website for changing hours for the assessment centres, especially during holidays and weekends.
When and how should people decide to get tested?
Anyone can get a test if they want one. You do not need an OHIP card and it is a free service. People should visit an assessment centre to be tested if:
- They have any COVID-19 symptoms. You can take an online self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms at Ontario.ca.
- They do not have symptoms but are concerned they might have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
- They do not have symptoms, but think they are at risk (for example, if they are an essential or health care worker).
If you need transportation or have mobility issues, contact the Health Unit to discuss how you can be tested.
Once tested, how can people get their results?
Anyone can get their test results online at Ontario.ca, and you’ll need your health card number to access them. You may also be contacted by the healthcare provider that did your test. All people who test positive will be contacted by Public Health and directed on what to do next, including self-isolation. If you have symptoms while waiting for your test results, you should self-isolate while waiting for these results. Most test results take 2-3 days to come back, but if you have not been contacted about your results within 7 days and do not have access to view your results online, please call the Health Unit at 1-800-660-5853.
A negative test means I am COVID-free, right?
It’s important to note that a negative test result does not mean you’re invincible. If your test result was negative, but you develop symptoms later on, you should be tested again as it can take days for the virus to develop after being exposed, and for it to show up on a test. We all still need to follow public health precautions diligently: physical distance at least 2 metres, wash your hands thoroughly and often, cover your coughs and sneezes, wear a face covering/mask in enclosed public spaces and outdoors when physical distancing is a challenge, and avoid touching your face.
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