Community COVID-19 Outreach Centres in East Toronto

Last updated: January 18, 2022

Note about COVID-19 testing: COVID-19 PCR test criteria and eligibility is set out by the Ontario government. Before seeking out a COVID-19 PCR test, please read the list of individuals eligible for a PCR test. As of January 18, pregnant people, first responders (including fire, police and paramedics) and household members of individuals working in high-risk settings can also get a PCR test if they are symptomatic. Individuals seeking a PCR test may be asked to show proof of eligibility before a test is administered. 

Our COVID-19 Outreach Centres offer:

  • Walk-in COVID-19 PCR tests for eligible local residents at least four months old.  This includes child-friendly testing and assessments where children receive oral-nasal swabs.
  • Pick up and drop off of take-home COVID-19 PCR test kits for symptomatic students and education staff who meet testing eligibility.
  • COVID-19 vaccines for local residents aged 5 and older. (Starting December 16, 2021, COVID-19 vaccines are temporarily unavailable by walk-in. Vaccines are available by appointment at some locations.)
  • Other COVID-19 and health supports varying by location.

Take-home COVID-19 PCR test kits can be picked up and dropped off at our COVID-19 Assessment Centre or COVID-19 Outreach Centres for symptomatic students and education staff who meet testing eligibility. You do not need an appointment to pick up or drop off a take-home test kit. Due to increased testing volumes and limited supply, availability of take-home test kits varies at our sites. We recommend each household pick up one take-home test kit at a time. Additional kits may be provided on a case-by-case basis. (For example, if a family has multiple children who need a test.) Learn more about our take-home PCR test kits.

COVID-19 Testing Eligibility

Please note, we are currently experiencing longer than normal wait times for testing at our COVID-19 Outreach Centres due to high volumes.

COVID-19 PCR testing criteria and eligibility is set out by the Ontario government. Before seeking out a COVID-19 PCR test, please read the list of individuals eligible for a PCR test. As of January 18, pregnant people, first responders (including fire, police and paramedics) and household members of individuals working in high-risk settings can also get a PCR test if they are symptomatic. Individuals seeking a PCR test may be asked to show proof of eligibility before a test is administered. 

Children who meet eligibility requirements who visit our COVID-19 Outreach Centres receive child-friendly testing and assessments. This includes an oral-nasal test, which involves rubbing the inside of the mouth and the front of the nose with a swab for less than five seconds. It is less invasive than the nasopharyngeal (NP) swab that is commonly used for COVID-19 PCR tests. This helps increase the likelihood that children and youth will have pleasant testing experiences. The oral-nasal test is a laboratory-validated polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, not a rapid antigen test. This means a second test is not needed to confirm a positive result. 

Health cards are preferred but not required for testing. Results should be available online within 96 hours. Please do not get a second COVID-19 PCR test while you are waiting for results unless you are instructed to by a healthcare professional.

What if I have symptoms of COVID-19 but I do not meet the PCR test criteria?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you are presumed to have COVID-19 and must self-isolate as soon as possible according to the following recommended self-isolation periods:

  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated and children under 12 years of age: Self-isolate for five days after symptom onset. You can end self-isolation after five days if your symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours, and if all public health and safety measures, such as masking and physical distancing, are followed.
  • Individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or immunocompromised: Self-isolate for 10 days after symptom onset.

All household contacts must also self-isolate for the same duration as the person with symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should also consider informing close contacts beyond your household contacts by providing them with the link to Ontario.ca/exposed. Individuals who are eligible for a PCR test are encouraged to get tested.

If you have concerns about your symptoms, contact your doctor, healthcare provider or Telehealth for more information and guidance. If you develop severe symptoms requiring medical attention, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, call 911.

What if I am exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 but I do not meet the PCR test criteria?

If you are fully vaccinated, have no symptoms and do not live with the positive case, you are advised to:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days since you last interacted with the positive case.
  • Maintain masking, physical distancing and adherence to all other public health measures if leaving home.
  • Do not visit any high-risk settings or individuals who may be at higher risk of illness (e.g., seniors) for 10 days from your last exposure.

If you are not fully vaccinated, or are immunocompromised, you must self-isolate immediately for 10 days following your last contact. If you live with the positive case, you must isolate for the length of their isolation period.

Individuals who are eligible for a PCR test are encouraged to get tested.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please see instructions for self-isolation, contact tracing and next steps here.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Starting December 16, 2021, COVID-19 vaccines will be temporarily unavailable by walk-in at our COVID-19 Outreach Centres. COVID-19 vaccines are available by appointment at our clinics and by walk-in for eligible individuals at our mobile and pop-up vaccine clinics across East Toronto. Please read the eligibility carefully for these sites.


COVID-19 Outreach Centre Locations:

Danforth Village

Address:

3003 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4C 1M9
(Located at Shoppers World Danforth plaza between LA Fitness and Coin Laundry)

Dates:

  • January 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30
    (Open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Hours of Operation:

  • Walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing for eligible individuals1-7 p.m. 

  • Take-home PCR test kit pick-up and drop-off for symptomatic children and education staff who meet testing eligibility: 1-7 p.m. 

  • Registration for testing and test kit drop-off ends at 6:45 p.m. Please arrive before registration ends to ensure you can receive these services. Wait times may vary on high-volume days.

  • COVID-19 vaccines at this location are by appointment only. Book an appointment. For vaccines by appointment, enter the plaza from Danforth Avenue or Victoria Park Avenue. Enter the mall using the entrance under the Lowe's sign between Nature's Health Food and Royal Shawarma & Kabob. The clinic will be located inside the mall to your immediate left.


Flemingdon Park

Address:

10 Gateway Blvd., Unit 100A, Toronto, ON M3C 3A1
(Located to the right of the apartment entrance)

Dates:

  • January 1-31 (Open daily, including on January 1)

  • Closed on January 17 due to weather conditions.

Hours of Operation:

  • Walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing for eligible individuals1-7 p.m. 

  • Take-home PCR test kit pick-up and drop-off for symptomatic children and education staff who meet testing eligibility: 1-7 p.m. 

  • Registration for testing and test kit drop-off ends at 6:45 p.m. Please arrive before registration ends to ensure you can receive these services. Wait times may vary on high-volume days.

  • Walk-in flu assessments: 1-7 p.m. 

  • COVID-19 vaccines are temporarily unavailable at this location.


Leslieville

Address:

1000 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON M4M 3G6
(Gerrard Square Shopping Centre – located on the south side of the mall to the left of Freedom Mobile. Please follow signage upon arrival.)

Dates:

  • January 1-31 (Open daily, including on January 1)

  • Closed on January 17 due to weather conditions.

Hours of Operation:

  • Take-home PCR test kit pick-up and drop-off for symptomatic children and education staff who meet testing eligibility: 1-7 p.m. 

  • Test kit drop-off ends at 6:45 p.m.

  • This location does not offer walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing for eligible individuals.

  • COVID-19 vaccines at this location are by appointment only. Book an appointment. 


Taylor-Massey (Crescent Town)

Address:

4 The Market Place, East York, ON, M4C 5M1
(Located inside Crescent Town Health Centre. Use side entrance next to DrugSmart Pharmacy)

Dates:

  • January 5, 10, 11,12, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31
    (Open every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday starting January 5)

  • Closed on January 17 due to weather conditions.

Hours of Operation:

  • Walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing for eligible individuals1-6:30 p.m. 

  • Take-home PCR test kit pick-up and drop-off for symptomatic children and education staff who meet testing eligibility: 1-6:30 p.m. 

  • Registration for testing and test kit drop-off ends at 6:15 p.m. Please arrive before registration ends to ensure you can receive these services. Wait times may vary on high-volume days.

  • Walk-in flu assessments: 1-6:30 p.m. 

  • Walk-in case management: 1-6:30 p.m. 

  • COVID-19 vaccines are temporarily unavailable at this location.


Thorncliffe Park 

Address:

45 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON M4H 1C2
(
Thorncliffe Park Community Hub, located at the east end of East York Town Centre. For testing and take-home PCR test kit pick-up and drop-off, enter the mall through the door to the immediate left of Galito’s Flame-Grilled Chicken and go to the second floor. For vaccines, enter the mall through Entrance 6 and go to the second floor.)

Dates: 

  • January 1-31 (Open daily, including on January 1)

  • Closed on January 17 due to weather conditions.

Hours of Operation:

  • Walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing for eligible individuals1-7 p.m. 

  • Take-home PCR test kit pick-up and drop-off for symptomatic children and education staff who meet testing eligibility: 1-7 p.m.

  • Registration for testing and test kit drop-off ends at 6:45 p.m. Please arrive before registration ends to ensure you can receive these services. Wait times may vary on high-volume days.

  • COVID-19 vaccines at this location are by appointment only. Book an appointment. 


Warden Woods 

Address:

76 Firvalley Court, Scarborough, ON M1L 1N9
(The Hub at Warden Woods Community Centre. Entrance located behind the centre
. Please walk around the parking lot to enter the clinic.)

Dates:

  • January 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
    (Open every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)

Hours of Operation:

  • Take-home PCR test kit pick-up and drop-off for symptomatic children and education staff who meet testing eligibility: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

  • Test kit drop-off ends at 3:45 p.m. 

  • This location does not offer walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing for eligible individuals.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are temporarily unavailable at this location.


These COVID-19 Outreach Centres are organized by East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP) and include the following partner organizations: East Toronto Family Practice Network (EasT-FPN), Flemingdon Health Centre (FHC), Health Access Thorncliffe Park (HATP), Michael Garron Hospital (MGH), TNO – The Neighbourhood Organization (TNO), Warden Woods Community Centre and WoodGreen Community Services. 

Support is provided by the City of Toronto and Ontario Health.

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