Ontario has opened a number of assessment centres where you can be tested for COVID-19. In most cases, health officials ask that you go online to conduct a self-assessment before heading into an assessment centre. Most assessment centres request that only those individuals presenting with COVID-19 symptoms attend.
Below is a list of suggested assessment centres located near our campuses. For a complete list of Greater Toronto Area assessment centres, visit this webpage and scroll down the page to the list for Toronto locations, which includes a weekly scheduled for the Scarborough mobile assessment centre.
Ashtonbee, Progress Campus
North York General Hospital (Leslie St. just north of the 401): 11 am to 11 pm, seven days a week. An assessment centre located in the emergency department is open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm seven days a week. The hospital is encouraging people to do a pre-assessment by calling Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or by using the Toronto COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool. There are no further requirements at this time. For more information call the main line at 416-756-6000.
Scarborough Hospital, 3030 Birchmount Road: 9 am to 6 pm seven days a week. The assessment centre is located in front of the hospital. At this time, patients will not be tested unless they are demonstrating serious symptoms. The hospital is encouraging people to do self-assessment first online by visiting www.shn.ca/covid-19. For more information call the main line at 416-495-2400.
Morningside, Progress campus
Scarborough Health Network, Centenary Hospital, 2867 Ellesmere Rd.: 10 am to 7 pm seven days a week. The assessment centre is located outside of the hospital building, on the East side heading toward the Emergency department, and is accessible from Neilson Rd. Please follow the directions on-site. Visit the centre only if you have symptoms of a respiratory tract infection or fever, including cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, or joint aches, AND if you have been instructed by Public Health to visit the centre, or if you work in a vulnerable or at risk setting. These settings include, school or childcare centres, retirement homes, homeless shelters, prisons, or any healthcare setting such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, complex continuing care, rehabilitation centres, and dialysis centres, or other settings with vulnerable populations.
Story Arts Centre
Michael Garron Hospital (East Toronto) 825 Coxwell Avenue: By appointment only, 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week. The assessment centre is located in the hospital’s outpatient clinic located in D-wing, 1st floor, which is accessed from Mortimer Avenue. No walk-ins. The COVID-19 Assessment Centre provides screening, assessment and testing for individuals in East Toronto who are experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19. Community members with potential COVID-19 symptoms who feel they need to be assessed for COVID-19 should phone the Assessment Centre at 416-469-6858. On the call, patients will be screened for travel and contact history and symptoms, and guided to self-monitor, self-isolate at home, come to the Assessment Centre, or go to the Emergency Department. Patients who need to go to the Assessment Centre will be offered a booked appointment. The hospital’s 24-hour emergency department also has a dedicated zone for assessment.
Humber River Regional Hospital, 2111 Finch Avenue West: 10 am to 6 pm, seven days a week. Use the west entrance for assessments. People are asked to do a self-assessment before showing up at the centre. For more information call the centre at 416-747-6740. The hospital is advising patients to call Telehealth Ontario first to be screened at 1-866-797-0000 or use the self-assessment tool prior to going to the assessment centre.
North York General Hospital (Branson Site), 555 Finch Avenue, North Entrance: 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week. Use the North Entrance. This location is available for Walk-In appointments. Last registration at 7:45 pm.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that the COVID-19 outbreak had become a pandemic. Two days later, Toronto Public Health issued a statement asking anyone in the city who has travelled outside of Canada to self-isolate for 14 days after their return date. Then, on March 14, 2020, The Public Health Agency of Canada issued a Level 3 Travel Health Advisory related to COVID-19 that directs Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Why did they take these measures? Travellers outside Canada may put themselves at unnecessary risk. Many countries are reporting community or widespread transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. In some countries, travellers may have limited access to timely and appropriate health care should they become ill. Local authorities may impose control measures suddenly, including movement restrictions such as quarantine. The situation is evolving rapidly. The College continues to actively monitor the situation and closely follow recommendations from all three levels of government and the World Health Organization to ensure we are providing our community with the most current information.
If you recently moved to Canada or returned from travel outside Canada and develop respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, avoid contact with others and call your health care professional prior to visiting. If you don’t have a health care provider, contact an Ontario Community Health Centre.
While the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Ontario and in Canada is improving, the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread through community contact. The Ontario government has eased some of the restrictions in the Declaration of Emergency but schools and postsecondary education institutions remain closed except for program recovery. Please remember: young people are not immune to the coronavirus; younger patients are showing up in hospital. Additionally, while younger people may recover more quickly or even be asymptomatic, they can infect elder members of their family and community who are more at risk of greater health consequences from COVID-19.
Health authorities advise you can greatly reduce your chances of infection by proper hand hygiene, physical distancing (keeping 6 feet/2 metres apart) and wearing f mask or face covering when you are out in public. It is now mandatory to wear a mask whenever you are indoors in a public place within the Greater Toronto Area.
As the Ontario government moves through its phases of its Declaration of Emergency, they ask the public to continue following best practices introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19, including:
- Physical distancing – keep 6 feet/2 metres away from others not living in the same household as you
- Wear a mask or scarf that coves your nose and mouth when inside public spaces, i.e., shopping malls, grocery stores
- Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue, then place the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands, or cough/sneeze into your bent elbow
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer where soap and water are not readily available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth without first washing your hands
- Do not shake or hold hands
When you return home from an outing, wash your hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Do not share personal items such as toothbrushes, utensils, drinks or towels.
It’s not too late to get your flu shot. You are much more likely to get a flu that is not COVID-19. The 2019-20 flu shot contains a number of antigens that stimulate an immune response to the most commonly expected viruses for the current flu season. If you have flu-like symptoms, the doctor will ask you if you have had this year’s flu shot. This will help them quickly rule out viruses included in the 2019-20 flu shot.
If you have a provincial health card, you can get your free flu shot from a doctor or nurse practitioner, at some local public health units, or at participating pharmacies. International students can get a free flu shot by visiting a local community health centre, including:
- Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigration Healthcare, 4158 Sheppard Avenue East, 647-267-2176, by appointment Tuesdays and Thursdays
- TAIBU Community Health Centres, 27 Tapscott Road, Unit 1, (416) 644-3536
- List of other Ontario Community Health Centres
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