WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BOOK A PCR TEST?

by Nathan Couvillon

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
  • 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 elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, temporary foreign worker settings and correctional institutions)
  • an outpatient being considered for COVID-19covid 19 treatment
  • underhoused 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
  • an elementary or 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, or Métis community or are travelling into these communities for work
  • are unvaccinated and 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
  • 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

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