COVID-19 Testing

Contact(s)

To be tested for COVID-19, please call an assessment centre to book an appointment.  Walk-ins will be turned away. You can also take a self-assessment to help you decide if you need a test.

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

Long-Term Care Home Visitors: 

In Ontario, fully immunized (ie. 28 days or more since second COVID-19 vaccine shot)  and asymptomatic staff, caregivers and visitors no longer need to be tested before entering long-term care or retirement homes.. 

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 visiting. If a COVID-19 test is needed, call an assessment centre directly to book an appointment. 

For more information:

Where to get tested for COVID-19?

You must book an appointment to get tested at an Assessment Centre. 

Almaguin (East Parry Sound Mobile Assessment Centre)

Book an appointment: 705-774-8378

Location: South River Ambulance Base, 11313 Hwy 124, South River

This location does not test people who are in need of a COVID-19 swab for travel purposes. 

Bracebridge COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Book an appointment: 1-888-383-7009; press 1 for Bracebridge

Location: 75 Ann Street, Bracebridge. The Assessment Centre is located in a portable adjacent to the helipad at the back of the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital property. It is not located inside the hospital.

Huntsville COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Book an appointment: 1-888-383-7009; press 2 for Huntsville

To learn more visit the Town of Huntsville Huntsville.ca/covid19

Location: Active Living Centre, 20 Park Drive, Huntsville

Mattawa COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Book an appointment: 705-744-5511 ext. 3010

Location: Hôpital de Mattawa Hospital, 217 Turcotte Pk Rd, Mattawa

North Bay COVID-19 Assessment Centre

There are two options when you are making your appointment to be tested for COVID-19:

  • Assessment Centre - located at the west end of North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) with parking in public lot 9.
  • Drive-through option for asymptomatic testing - located at the west entrance of NBRHC.
  • Children 8 years old and under, along with anyone with COVID symptoms, is recommended to book a COVID test in the Main Assessment Clinic, not Drive-Thru, so a physician or nurse can do a clinical assessment at the same time as the COVID swab.  A physician is on-site during all clinic hours and is able to swab infants and children under 2 years old as well

Book an appointment: 705-474-8600 ext. 4110

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

West Nipissing COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Book an appointment: 705-580-2186

Location: 219 O’Hara St., Sturgeon Falls

West Parry Sound COVID-19 Assessment Centre

For people with COVID-19 symptoms, call 705-746-4540 ext. 5030 to book an appointment.

For people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, call 705-746-4540 ext. 5036 to book an appointment.

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

After Your COVID-19 Test

If you were tested for COVID-19, please read You were tested for COVID-19: What you should know (Public Health Ontario). Also note:

  • You must continue with your isolation for a full 14 days regardless of the results of your test, if you are required to self-isolate due to:
    • you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days (this includes contact within 48 hours before symptom(s) started); or
    • you have returned from travel outside of Canada (whether or not you have symptoms) as per Government of Canada Quarantine Act.

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 confirmed case. For more information, contact your employer or human resources department for direction. If you have further questions, contact the Health Unit at 1-844-478-1400. 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 several labs in the province for testing. The majority of people will get their results within 48 hours of the lab receiving their samples. This timeline varies based on the number of tests being done at any given time.

  • 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.
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 and do not have internet access or a health card, please contact the Health Unit at 1-844-478-1400 for support with accessing your results.
  • If your test result is indeterminate, check back in four hours as it may mean the test is still in progress.
  • If your result is negative: continue to self-isolate until you have been fever-free for 24 hours (if applicable) AND your symptoms are improving in the last 24 hours (or 48 hours if your symptoms were vomiting or diarrhea). *Note: you must continue with your isolation for a full 14 days regardless of the results of your test, if you are required to self-isolate due to:
    • you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days (this includes contact within 48 hours before symptom(s) started); or
    • you have returned from travel outside of Canada (whether or not you have symptoms) as per Government of Canada Quarantine Act.
  • 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 confirmed case. For more information, contact your employer or human resources department for direction. If you have further questions, contact the Health Unit at 1-844-478-1400. Outside of work, you must self-isolate for 14 days from your last exposure or return from travel.
  • If your result is positive: continue to self-isolate and a Public Health staff will contact you with further instruction.

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.

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