There has been a significant increase in demand for COVID-19 testing at our Assessment Centre. This may result in longer than usual wait times and line-ups. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working to improve access to testing to meet current demand. Please click here for more information about our Assessment Centre.
COVID-19 Assessment Centre
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre provides screening, assessment and testing for individuals in East Toronto.
We provide COVID-19 assessment and testing for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who may be asymptomatic (without symptoms). Please ensure you follow public health safety measures while waiting in line, including physical distancing and wearing a mask or face covering.
- If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please go to the Assessment Centre immediately. Please see full list of symptoms from the Ontario Ministry of Health listed here.
- Symptomatic testing is conducted on a walk-in basis only to ensure these individuals receive care as soon as possible.
- If you are not currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but would like a test, please schedule an appointment at the Assessment Centre to reduce your wait time.
- An appointment can be scheduled by calling 416-469-6858. If you have a health card, please have it ready when you call. For the week of Sept. 14, we are experiencing an increased volume of calls and therefore, it may take longer to book an appointment.
Click here to see a list of all Toronto region COVID-19 Assessment Centres. Please note that urgent requests for pre-travel screening cannot be accommodated.
Symptomatic COVID-19 testing is by walk-in only from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please note the line may be closed earlier if capacity is reached. Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing can be booked by calling 416-469-6858. The test is similar to that of other respiratory illnesses and involves taking a sample from the nasal cavity with a swab. This test is not an antibody test. MGH's Infection Prevention and Control Team and Toronto Public Health will follow up with those who test positive for COVID-19. Access your COVID-19 test results online here. Results should be available within 72 hours.
You may be required to self-isolate if you are being tested due to a known exposure to a person with COVID-19 or have been sent in by TPH as part of an outbreak investigation. If the person does not meet the criteria above and is asymptomatic they can work and should follow public health messaging regarding social distancing and limiting exposures to others. For information about self-isolation, please follow these public health guidelines.
Please note: If you are worried about possible exposure to a person with or under investigation for COVID-19, based on evidence and the incubation period of the virus, we suggest individuals get tested 4 to 8 days after potential exposure.
Additionally, it is important to remember that testing represents a snapshot in time. Therefore, it is critical that you continue to follow Public Health guidelines including: washing your hands, physically distancing by at least six feet from people you do not live with, wearing a mask, and avoiding shared surfaces.
Accessing the COVID-19 Assessment Centre
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre cannot be accessed from inside of the Hospital. The entrance is located on the north side of the building off of Mortimer Avenue, west of the Emergency Department (see map below).
If you require urgent care, please visit an Emergency Department or call 911 and inform them of your travel and contact history and symptoms.