Osler's COVID-19 Testing Centres
Osler's Testing Centres are dedicated to assessing for COVID-19 and are among several established across Ontario to support the health and safety of our communities.
Please note that the Ontario Government has updated the testing guidelines for COVID-19 Testing Centres across the province. Please review the criteria below to ensure you are eligible for testing before you visit. Testing will only be available to those who meet the criteria. Thank you for your patience.
|Brampton Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Centre
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
|Etobicoke Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Centre
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
|South Fletcher’s Sportsplex north parking lot
500 Ray Lawson Boulevard
Kingsknoll Drive at McLaughlin Road
(also called Sheridan College Drive)
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
|Humber College overflow parking lot
2 Janda Court
Queens Plate Drive west of Highway 27
(enter via Janda Court)
Map and directions
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
What is a COVID-19 Testing Centre?
Osler’s COVID-19 Testing Centres are one of many Testing Centres opened by hospitals across the province as a way to proactively identify individuals with COVID-19.
Who should come to Osler’s COVID-19 Testing Centres?
You can be tested for COVID-19 at one of Osler’s two Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Centres only if you have symptoms OR if you are not showing symptoms but meet any of the following criteria:
- Your public health unit or the COVID Alert app notifies you that you have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus
- Live or work in a setting that is currently experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak
- Live or work in an at-risk setting such as a long-term care home, homeless shelter or other congregate setting
- Will be visiting a long-term care home
- Are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as confirmed by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-Term Care
- Are an approved Osler care partner
- Are an international student that has passed the 14 day quarantine period
- Are a farm worker
- Are a member of an Indigenous community
- Require a test for travel
Please note, however, we are not testing children under the age of two at either testing centre site. No referrals are needed but you are required to make an appointment. Visit an Osler COVID-19 Testing Centre to make an appointment.
Groups of people who are eligible for testing at testing centres regardless of their symptoms, may change from time to time. You should confirm your eligibility for a COVID-19 test with your health care provider before seeking testing.
COVID-19 symptoms include:
- Fever (temperature of 37.8 degrees °C or above) that’s not caused from a known infection or illness
- Any new or worsening:
- Cough, shortness of breath
- Sore throat or hoarse voice
- Runny nose or sneezing, nasal congestion
- Loss of taste or smell
- Nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea, or abdominal pain
- Flu-like illness
- Pink eye/redness of eye(s)
Patients who are tested will be advised to self-isolate at home for 14 days. Patients who are tested will also receive a handout on how to self-isolate and how to access test results. If you'd like to fill out our screening form ahead of your visit, you are welcome to download a copy to print and complete at home then hand in once you arrive for testing.
When should I get my child tested?
Children are eligible for testing when they fulfill the following symptoms:
- Are recommended for testing by the local public health unit
- Are exhibiting new/worsening symptoms of:
- Fever and/or chills
- Shortness of breath
- Decrease or loss of smell or taste
- Exhibiting two or more of the following new/worsening symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Runny/Stuffy nose
- Fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches or malaise
Is there a charge to be tested if I do not have OHIP coverage or if I do not have health insurance?
No. The Ministry of Health announced Ontario is waiving the three-month waiting period for OHIP coverage to ensure that anyone in need of care can receive it. The province will also cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage.
What will happen at COVID-19 Testing Centres?
Patients will undergo a nasal swab and receive direction from the care team regarding next steps in their care, based on their possible symptoms.
Who is working in Osler’s COVID-19 Testing Centres?
Osler’s COVID-19 Testing Centres are staffed by Registered Nurses, Registration Clerks and Nurse Practitioners.
Will the testing centres issue absence notes for employment purposes?
No. The testing centre has been established strictly to assess patients for COVID-19. Notes for employment or other purposes will not be provided by physicians or other clinical staff.
How do the drive-thru testing centres work?
Patients will remain in their vehicle for the duration of their screening and assessment. Patients will be directed to drive toward the testing area where a nasal swab will be taken. The testing centre includes plenty of signage and staff are available to direct patients. Patients who are tested will be advised to remain in self-isolation while awaiting their test results to help ensure everyone’s safety. They will receive a “how to self-isolate” handout upon leaving.
Why are the testing centres drive-thru?
An outdoor, drive-thru approach to COVID-19 assessment allows for safe, confidential and more convenient and expanded access for patients who need to be tested. Patients do not need to leave their cars to be assessed and tested. A drive-thru approach also helps to further protect the health and safety of hospital staff working at the centre.
How will traffic flow be supported at the drive-thru testing centres?
Security will be onsite to help regulate the flow of cars and minimize any traffic congestion.
Do the testing centres accept "walk-ins"?
Yes, we do accept walk-ins on site. There is a separate area where visitors will receive a mask and can get swabbed.
Do the testing centres accept “drive-ins”, “walk-ins” or patients without a referral?
Yes but you will be required to make an appointment. Visit an Osler COVID-19 Testing Centre to make an appointment.
Will a family member or friend be allowed to accompany patients to the testing centres?
Since patients remain in their vehicle for the duration of their assessment, visitors are permitted to remain with them inside the vehicle. Just a reminder, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, visitors should wear a mask and practice physical distancing, which may not be achievable in a car.
Will patients have to wear a mask if they visit a testing centre?
The safety of all patients, families, staff and physicians remains a top priority at Osler, not just in response to COVID-19, but at all times. For patients visiting the testing centre in their car, given they remain in their car for the duration of their assessment, they will not need to be provided a mask, however you are welcome to wear your own. For any patients without a car walking into the testing centre, they will be provided with a mask.
Is it safe to have a COVID-19 Testing Centre outside of a hospital setting?
Yes. The testing centre does not pose a risk of COVID-19 exposure to residents in the surrounding area. COVID-19 is not an airborne disease and evidence shows that it is transmitted via droplets during close, unprotected contact with another person (e.g. when someone sneezes or coughs).
This COVID-19 Testing Centre meets all Ministry of Health standards and protocols and is of critical importance to helping prevent and minimize the risk for community spread of the disease through early detection and appropriate care plans.