New Guidance on PCR Testing at NGH

The Ontario government announced that as of Friday, Dec. 31, publicly funded PCR tests will only be available to high-risk individuals who are symptomatic and/or are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Here are the new guidelines:

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-19 treatment
  • under-housed 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 M├ętis 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

If you are eligible for a test, please click here: https://bit.ly/3JG6ejF

Not eligible for PCR testing but have symptoms of COVID-19?

  • isolate with your household for five days if you are fully vaccinated and otherwise healthy or are under 12 years old.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated or are immunocompromised, isolate for 10 days.
  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, follow the guidance outlined by the Ontario government at https://www.ontario.ca/exposed.

 

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