Getting tested for COVID-19
How to know if you should get tested and where you can go.
You can take a self-assessment to help you decide if you need to get tested.
Install the COVID Alert app
The COVID Alert app will alert you if you've been near anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Download and use the free COVID Alert app.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate and should get tested. Take the self-assessment to help you decide if you need to get tested. While waiting for your test result, your household contacts must also self-isolate. If you have any severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911 or visit the emergency department.
Residents or visitors to Peel are required to self-isolate if they have symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, or are a close contact of a positive case, based on Peel Public Health's Class Order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
Get tested for COVID-19 at an assessment centre only if you:
- Are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
- Have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, as notified by public health or through the COVID Alert app.
- Live or work in a place that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by public health.
- Live or work in an at-risk setting such as a long-term care home, homeless shelter, or other congregate group setting.
- Will be visiting a long-term care home.
- Are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as determined by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-Term Care, like the earlier campaign to target long-term care home residents.
Get tested at select pharmacies only if you are not showing symptoms and meet any of the testing criteria from the province.You will need to call a participating pharmacy to book an appointment. If you have symptoms, go to an assessment centre for a test.
Testing for essential workers
All essential service workers who have symptoms or are tested for COVID-19 should self-isolate and contact their occupational health department or Peel Public Health for further instructions.
If you're a health care worker or work in a health care facility, refer to health care workers for testing and self-isolation guidance.
All testing is now by appointment onlyAs of Tuesday, October 6, you will need an appointment to get tested at assessment centres and select pharmacies. Booking is required over the phone, online, or in person. Contact the assessment centre or pharmacy to book a COVID-19 test.
Before you visit a testing location, check if:
- The centre is open and their hours.
- Booking is required over the phone, online, or in person.
- There's a drive-through option.
- They will test small children or babies.
- Information about your condition is needed (pre-screening).
Access more information on COVID-19 testing from the Ontario government, including testing criteria, locations, how to book an appointment, and when to go to the emergency department instead.
If you need urgent care, call 911 or visit the emergency department.
Several pharmacies in Peel are offering COVID-19 testing. It’s by appointment only and for people who are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 and meet additional criteria. Find out more information and check the list of testing locations.
The Province of Ontario directs testing and determines locations. Refer to the assessment centre websites for details on testing criteria, location and hours.
Some testing centres may have outdoor waiting areas. Dress appropriately for weather conditions.
An OHIP card is not required for a test. It's a free service.
South Fletcher's Sportsplex
500 Ray Lawson Blvd
Brampton, ON L6Y 5B3
(North parking lot)
Access South Fletcher's hours and details.
Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness
COVID-19, Cold and Flu Clinic
20 Lynch Street
Brampton, ON L6W 2Z8
COVID-19, cold and Flu Clinic hours and details.
Headwaters Health Care Centre
140 Rolling Hills Drive
Orangeville, ON L9W 4X8
(Hard-sided tent located at the top parking lot)
Headwaters Health Care Centre hours and details.
Trillium Health Partners Assessment Centres:
Clinical Administrative Building
15 Bronte College Court
Mississauga, ON J4Y 0K7
Credit Valley Hospital
Drive thru – level 1, main parking garage
2200 Eglinton Ave West
Mississauga, ON L5M 2N1
Additional testing clinics
These sites prioritize testing for residents who live near each clinic location.
Brampton Lawn Bowling Facility
Flower City Community Campus
8910 McLaughlin Road South
Brampton, ON L6Y 4Z5
Location: South-west corner Queen Street West and McLaughlin Road South, next to the Flower City Seniors Recreation Centre
Hours: Tuesdays 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Call 905-796-4922 to book an appointment.
Ebenezer Community Hall
4494 Ebenezer Rd
Brampton, ON L6P 2S1
(Northwest corner of Ebenezer Road and The Gore Road).
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As of December 1:
Operating hours expand to Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Book an appointment online or call 647-374-4676. Each individual will need an appointment.
Greenbriar Recreation Centre
1100 Central Park Dr
Brampton, ON L6S 2C9
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 4 to 8 p.m.
Book an appointment online or call 647-374-4676
Snelgrove Community Centre
11692 Hurontario Street
Brampton, ON L7A 1K5
Hours: Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Call 905-796-0040 extension 2122 to book your appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
Queen Square FHT COVID-19, Flu and Cold Clinic
Snelgrove Community Centre
11692 Hurontario Street
Brampton, ON L7A 1K5
Hours: Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Book your appointment
Four Corners Health Centre
7205 Goreway Drive, inside Westwood Square
Mississauga, ON L4T 4J1
Hours: Every Thursday from 12 to 4 p.m.
Call 416-312-0566 to book your appointment
Peel Regional Paramedics Kingsway Satellite Station
Kingsway Drive (Building #75)
Mississauga, ON L5W 0H4
(South West corner of parking lot by Derrycrest Drive and Kingsway Drive)
Hours: Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Book an appointment online or call 647-374-4676
Find out what it's like to get tested
You have been tested but are still waiting for your results:
Most people will need to self-isolate while they wait for their test results. Do not assume that no test result means a negative test, as it may take approximately 7 days to receive results.
If you had symptoms when you got tested:
- you and your household contacts must self-isolate while you wait for your test results but should self-monitor for symptoms
If you had NO symptoms when you got tested but are a close contact of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19:
- you must self-isolate for 14 days from your last exposure to a person with COVID-19 and self-monitor for symptoms
- your household contacts do not need to self-isolate but should self-monitor for symptoms
- if you develop symptoms, both you and your household contacts must self-isolate while you wait for your test results
You tested positive for COVID-19:
Peel Public Health will contact all positive cases directly.
- Self-isolate at home for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms if you have a mild to moderate illness, or from the date your test was completed if you don't have symptoms.
- Some people with severe illness (i.e., hospitalized) may have to isolate for longer. Further instructions will be provided by your health care provider or public health.
- You can come out of isolation after 10 days if you are feeling well and don't have a fever (your temperature remains lower than 37.8 °C without the use of medication).
- A negative test is not needed for you to return to work.
Informing your close contacts
- Inform your close contacts, including people you live with, that they must self-isolate for at least 14 days from their last exposure to you, even if they test negative for COVID-19. This is because the virus may still be incubating and may not have been detected by the test.
- Close contacts should get tested at least 5 to 7 days after they were last exposed to a person with COVID-19. If they have symptoms, they should go for testing as soon as possible.
You tested negative for COVID-19:
If you tested negative for COVID-19 you will still need to stay in self-isolation for a period of time, as you could still be at risk of developing COVID-19 based on your exposure, or you may have another illness.
If you had no known exposures to a COVID-19 case and
- had symptoms: stay in-self-isolation for 24 hours after your symptoms resolve.
- had no symptoms: you do not need to self-isolate.
If you have been in close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days:
- stay in self-isolation for 14 days from your last known exposure to a person with COVID-19, or from the date you returned to Canada.
If you develop new or worsening symptoms, you should get re-tested. Both you and your household contacts must then self-isolate.
A close contact is anyone who has been in close physical proximity to someone who has COVID-19. This means being exposed to the person for at least 15 minutes or longer, with less than 2 metres distance apart.
You’re also a close contact if you’re caring for someone with COVID-19. This includes providing direct care without using proper personal protective equipment (PPE).
A close contact can be:
- Someone you live or work with.
- Someone you've been less than 2 metres away from for longer than a brief time.
Close contacts must self-isolate for at least 14 days from their last exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
Learn the difference between a close contact versus a casual interaction.
Timeline for test results
It can take approximately 7 days to receive your COVID-19 test results.
All positive and negative results are sent to the testing site or health care provider that tested you. Public Health receives all positive test results but does not have access to all negative test results.
Peel Public Health does not provide COVID-19 testing.
How to get your test results
- Follow the directions given by the person who tested you.
- Visit the Ontario government's online portal and select “check your lab results” to access your test results online.
- Public Health will notify you by phone if your test result is positive.
- If you have an older health card (red and white health card) or don’t have a health card, your test results may not be available online. Follow the directions given to you by the site where you were tested and contact them if you have any additional questions about your results.
- If you do not have internet access, call your family doctor or nurse practitioner to get your results.
You may be required to continue to self-isolate while you're waiting for test results. For full details refer to the after getting tested section.
A negative test does not mean you can't get infected with COVID-19 in the future. After you're tested, continue to follow measures to protect yourself and others.
You must self-isolate if you:
- Have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Had contact with someone who has COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19.
- Recently travelled anywhere outside Canada in the past 14 days.
How to self-isolate
Access information on the following resources:
- How to self-isolate
- Self-isolation instructions for caregivers, household members and close contacts.
These information sheets are also available in multiple languages.
If you’re contacted by public health because you tested positive for COVID-19 or are a close contact of a someone with COVID-19, you’ll be asked to review instructions for self-isolation found in our self-isolation toolkit.
Get the app
Download the free COVID Alert app on your phone to:
- Get a notification if you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Ensure that others who you’ve had close contact with are notified if you test positive for COVID-19, without sharing any personal information.
Alerts from the app
If you receive an alert from the app that you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, follow these steps:
- Self-isolate and book an appointment to get tested for COVID-19.
- Stay home until you get your test results.
- If you tested positive, stay in self-isolation. Public health will call you and provide instructions for what to do after getting tested. Tell your household members to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days after their last exposure to you.
- If you tested negative, you can come out of self-isolation and self-monitor for symptoms, unless you were notified by public health that you’re a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, or you know you were in contact with someone in the past 14 days who was sick. In those cases, self-isolate for 14 days from when you were exposed to the person. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and get re-tested.
Profile of COVID-19 cases in Peel
Peel Public Health has created a dashboard with information about COVID-19 cases in Peel.
Interactive map of COVID-19 cases in Peel
This map shows only where people with COVID-19 live in Peel. We know that people work and socialize outside of their neighbourhood. Therefore, these maps will not show where people were when they were exposed to COVID-19. It's because of this, areas with lower or higher amounts of cases do not always show the actual risk to the community. The map will be updated weekly.