The provincial government has changed the guidelines surrounding the eligibility of PCR testing. To be eligible to receive a PCR test at the Twin Bridges Nurse Practitioner Led COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Centre, you must meet one of the following criteria:
If you have COVID-19 symptoms:
You are eligible for PCR testing if you have at least one COVID-19 symptom and you are:
- A hospitalized patient.
- A patient in an emergency department, at the discretion of the treating clinician.
- A patient-facing health care worker or a member of their immediate family.
- A staff member, volunteer, resident, inpatient, essential care provider, or visitor in a hospital or congregate living setting (including long-term care, retirement homes, First Nation eldercare lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, temporary foreign worker settings, and correctional institutions).
- A household member of workers in the highest risk settings above.
- An outpatient being considered for COVID-19 treatment.
- Temporary foreign worker in living in a congregate setting.
- Under-housed or homeless.
- Someone who has been exposed, or a close contact of someone exposed, to a confirmed or suspected outbreak in a high-risk setting, including a hospital, long-term care, retirement home, other congregate living setting or institution, or other settings as directed by the local public health unit.
- A first responder, including firefighters, police, and paramedics.
- An elementary, secondary student, or education staff who has received a PCR self-collection kit, if available through your school.
If you do not have symptoms, you are eligible for PCR testing if you:
- Are from a First Nation, Inuit, Métis community, or are travelling into these communities for work.
- Are being admitted or transferred to or from a hospital or congregate living setting
- Are someone who has been exposed, or a close contact of someone exposed, to a confirmed or suspected outbreak in a high-risk setting, including a hospital, long-term care, retirement home, other congregate living setting or institution, or other settings as directed by the local public health unit.
- Are having a surgical procedure and require a PCR test.
- 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 settings, as directed by public health units, provincial guidance, or other directives.
If you do not qualify under the criteria above, you are NOT eligible for a PCR test at our facility. If you require further assistance, click here for more information.