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COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Windsor-Essex

There are two (2) COVID-19 assessment centres in the region of Windsor-Essex. There is one (1) assessment centre located in the City of Windsor and one centre in the town of Leamington.

Testing at an assessment centre is available by appointment only and for the following populations:

  • All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even for mild symptoms.
  • People who have been identified as close contacts  of a confirmed positive case.
  • Workers and residents at specific outbreak sites, identified by the Health Unit.
  • People who live or work in an at-risk setting.
  • People who will be visiting a long-term care home.
  • People who are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as determined by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-Term Care.

There will be no medication or treatment onsite at the COVID-19 Assessment Centres.

Prioritized Groups for COVID-19 Testing at an Assessment Centre

The following groups will be prioritized for testing:

  • Healthcare workers/caregivers/care providers/first responders/emergency child care centre workers and persons living in same household
  • Essential workers
  • Cross-Border workers
  • Schools (K-12, post-secondary)
  • Other Priority Populations

PLEASE NOTE: low risk, asymptomatic individuals should not be considered for testing at an assessment centre, but may be eligible for testing at additional testing locations.


COVID-19 Assessment Centre-City of Windsor

Windsor Regional Hospital (Ouellette Campus) - COVID-19 Assessment Centre 

Hours:
The Assessment Centre is open seven days a week

  • Monday - Friday: 8 am to 7 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday (and statutory holidays): 9 am to 4 pm

Please schedule an appointment online or by calling 519-973-4443.

Location:
Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus
1030 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor
Entrance from Goyeau Street, to the left of the Emergency Department.

Please note: there is NO access from the main hospital into the Assessment Centre. All access is from the entrance off Goyeau Street.

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC)

SOAHAC is offering COVID-19 screening and testing to First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) community members in Windsor. You do not need to be a client of SOAHAC.

All screening will be done over the phone and testing will be completed at SOAHAC by appointment only.

  • Call SOAHAC - Windsor at 519-916-1755 (Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
  • Screening is done on the telephone with a health care provider at SOAHAC.
  • Based on the screening, you will receive an appointment for testing date and time.

Location:
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
1405 Tecumseh Road West, Windsor

Parking: If you are coming in for testing, there is a designated arrival spot, which is located directly behind the building, on the south side, off of Everts Avenue. We are also exploring mobile testing options for people with mobility issues to broaden our reach. Please call for more information


COVID-19 Assessment Centre: Town of Leamington

Erie Shores HealthCare – COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Hours:
The Assessment Centre is open seven days a week

  • Monday - Sunday: 8 am to 6 pm
  • Please note: 8am to 9am is designated for surgery patients to get swabbed. 

Please schedule an appointment online or by calling 519-326-2373 ext. 4263.

Location:
Erie Shores HealthCare
194 Talbot Street West, Leamington
Ambulatory Clinic, entrance from Fader Street, segregated area next to the Emergency Department

Please note: there will be NO access into the main hospital from this entrance and NO access to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre directly from the main hospital. The only point of access is from the entrance off Fader Street.

Parking: Parking is available in the lots off of Fader Street or along Talbot.


Additional Testing Locations

Testing for low-risk, asymptomatic individuals is available by appointment only at participating pharmacies in Windsor-Essex. Individuals will be pre-screened to ensure they are not showing symptoms and meet one of the following criteria: 

  • Are a contact of a confirmed positive case
  • Live or work in an at-risk setting
  • Will be visiting a long-term care home
  • Work or reside in a specific outbreak site
  • Are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as determined by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-Term Care

Please call one of the local participating pharmacies to book an appointment: 

Shoppers Drug Mart
Leamington
269 Erie St. South
Ph. 519-326-2663

Brady's Drug Store

Essex
186 Talbot St. South
Ph: 519-961-9610


I’ve been tested. Do I need to Self-Isolate?

The table below summarizes self-isolation guidance depending on your situation and test results.

While awaiting for test results, you should self-isolate.

You do NOT need to self-isolate while awaiting results if you have not had an exposure to the virus AND are feeling well with no symptoms (i.e. if tested as part of routine screening for essential workers or visitors of a Long-Term Care facility).

For information on how to self-isolate:

How to self-isolate - COVID-19

You were tested for COVID-19: What you should know

Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts - COVID-19

If your test results is NEGATIVE*

What to do if you:

  • Have been identified as a Close Contact to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 by public health: self-isolate for 14 days from your last exposure, regardless of the result. After 14 days, if you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, you can discontinue self-isolation.
  • Have traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days: self-isolate for 14 days after your return, regardless of result. Self-isolation (quarantine) is required under the federal Quarantine Act.
  • Have not had an exposure and are ill: self-isolate until you are symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • Have not had an exposure and you are well: continue physical distancing. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate right away and contact your healthcare provider or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.

*NOTE: if you test negative, the Health Unit will NOT contact you.

If your test result is POSITIVE*

What to do if you:

  • Have mild to moderate symptoms: self-isolate for 10 days following the day your symptoms started. After 10 days, if you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, you can discontinue self-isolation.

  • Have severe symptoms or are immunocompromised: self-isolate for 20 days following the day your symptoms started. After 20 days, if you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, you can discontinue self-isolation.

  • Do not have symptoms: self-isolate for 10 days following the day you were tested.

 

*NOTE: If you test positive, the Health Unit will contact you. You will be asked for information to help determine who you were in contact with while you may have been contagious or where you may have acquired COVID-19. You will also be advised of when you can stop self-isolating.

 


Check Your Test Results

All confirmed positive cases will be contacted by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Individuals can check their COVID-19 test results online . If your results are not posted or you have an old red and white health card, please contact the assessment centre where the test was completed:

Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH)
Phone: 519-973-4444
Ext. 30003
Email: COVIDresults@wrh.on.ca
Erie Shores HealthCare (ESHC)
Phone: 519-326-2373
Ext. 4263
(you must leave a voicemail and they will call you back)
Southwest Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC)
Phone: 519-916-1755

PLEASE NOTE: the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit does not regularly provide copies of COVID-19 testing results and does not provide notes for employees returning to work.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 1:19pm