COVID-19 Testing

Contact(s)

Testing for COVID-19 is available for anyone who wants a test whether they have symptoms or not. To get tested, call a testing centre to book an appointment.  Walk-ins are likely to be turned away. You can also take a self-assessment to help you decide if you need a test.

Testing results can take four to ten days to be returned. Visit the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Test Result website to access your results.

Long-Term Care Home Visitors: If you would like to visit someone in a long-term care home, it’s important to plan ahead. Contact the long-term care home to ask about their specific policies for booking a visit. For more information: Ministry of Long-Term Care Update to Visits at Long-Term Care Homes and COVID-19 Information for the Long-Term Care Sector. If a COVID-19 test is needed, call a testing centre directly to book an appointment. Results can take four to ten days to be returned. 

Where to get tested for COVID-19?

You must call to book an appointment at any testing centre, walk-ins are likely to be turned away. 

Mattawa Testing Centre

Book an appointment: 705-744-5511 ext. 0

Location: Hôpital de Mattawa Hospital, 217 Turcotte Pk Rd

Age restrictions: Must be 2 years old or older to be tested

North Bay Regional Health Centre Testing Centre

Book an appointment: 705-474-8600 ext 4110

Location: North Bay Regional Health Centre 50 College Dr., North Bay 

West Nipissing General Hospital Testing Centre

Book an appointment: 705-580-2186

Location: West Nipissing General Hospital 219 O’Hara St. Sturgeon Falls

Age restrictions: Must be 2 years old or older to be tested

West Parry Sound Health Centre Assessment Centre

Book an appointment: 705-746-4540 ext 5030

Location: 70 Joseph St., Parry Sound Unit 105-106, entrance at the back door, please ring doorbell at the time of your appointment and stand back past the sign as directed.

Age restrictions: Must be 2 years old or older to be tested

Huntsville District Memorial Hospital

Book an appointment: 1-888-383-7009

Location: Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare 100 Frank Miller Dr.

Age restrictions: Must be 2 years old or older to be tested

After Your COVID-19 Test

  • How to Self-Isolate (Public Health Ontario)
  • If you were tested for COVID-19, please read You were tested for COVID-19: What you should know (Public Health Ontario). Also note:
    • If you had recent travel outside of Canada, you are mandated under the Quarantine Act to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of COVID-19 test results.
    • Essential workers: self-isolation guidelines may differ if you have no symptoms of COVID-19 but have travelled or had a close contact with a case. For more information, contact the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 and your employer or human resources department for further direction. Outside of work, you must self-isolate for 14 days from your last exposure or return from travel.

Test Results

Samples are transported to one of six labs in the province for testing. Test results can take four to ten days to be returned. This timeline varies based on the amount of tests being done at any given time.

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, the Health Unit will contact you.
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 you can look for your test result on the Ministry of Health website. You will need your health card to retrieve your result. Test results can take four to ten days to be returned.
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 and do not have internet access or a health card, please contact the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 for support with accessing your results.
  • If your tests results are indeterminate check back in 24 hours as it may mean the test is still in progress. 

Please Note:

  • Test results are only a ‘snapshot in time.’ An individual can be exposed to COVID-19 and test negative before the virus reveals itself.
  • Individuals with negative results can still be infected with COVID-19 after they are tested.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 and, at this time, there is no vaccine. It is important to remember that most people with COVID-19 have no symptoms or mild symptoms. People who are mildly ill should isolate and care for themselves at home. Most will recover in one to two weeks by simply treating the symptoms.


 

North Bay

345 Oak Street West
705-474-1400

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302
705-746-5801

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)
1-800-563-2808