COVID-19 Assessment Centre

COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Please note: We do not administer the COVID-19 vaccine at our Assessment Centre. Please contact Southwestern Public Health for more information about the vaccine. 

Updated Testing Guidelines in Response to Omicron

In response to the rapidly spreading and highly transmissible Omicron variant, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has updating its COVID-19 testing and isolation guidelines. Changes take effect December 31, 2021.

Key changes include the following:

  • Symptomatic testing will be available for high-risk individuals, and individuals who work in high-risk settings.
  • Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are presumed positive and they should follow isolation and/or self-monitoring guidelines.
  • Testing for asymptomatic contacts of cases is generally no longer recommended, except for high-risk contacts/individuals that are part of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in high-risk settings, as recommended by public health.
  • Positive rapid antigen tests will no longer require PCR confirmation.
  • Based on the latest scientific evidence, individuals with COVID-19 should isolate for five days if they are fully vaccinated or under the age of 12, and if their symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours.

Eligible Groups for PCR Testing

Effective December 31, 2021, PCR testing will only be recommended for individuals if they belong to the following groups:

  • Symptomatic people who fall into one of the following groups:
    • Hospitalized patients
    • Patients in Emergency Departments, at the discretion of the treating clinician
    • Patient-facing health care workers
    • Staff, residents, essential care providers, and visitors in hospitals and congregate living settings, including long-term care, retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, temporary foreign worker settings, and correctional institutions
    • Outpatients for whom COVID-19 treatment is being considered
    • Underhoused or homeless
  • People who are from First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities and individuals travelling into these communities for work
  • Symptomatic elementary and secondary students and education staff who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school
  • People on admission/transfer to or from hospital or congregate living setting
  • High-risk contacts and asymptomatic/symptomatic people in the context of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in high-risk settings, including hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, other congregate living settings and institutions, and other settings as directed by the local public health unit
  • Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
  • Asymptomatic testing in hospital, long-term care, retirement homes and other congregate living settings and Institutions as per provincial guidance and/or Directives

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital COVID-19 Assessment Centre

*By appointment only.
If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above, please contact the COVID-19 Assessment Centre to book an appointment.

or/Call 519-631-2030 ext. 6210
Please have the following information ready when you call: Name, Phone Number, Health Card Number, the symptoms you are experiencing, and/or the date of exposure to a positive case. Please advise if you work in health care/long-term care or if you have an upcoming surgery.


St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
189 Elm Street, St. Thomas
*Entrance to the Assessment Centre is off Hepburn Avenue. Parking is available at no charge and the Centre is fully accessible. You do not have to travel through the hospital to access the Assessment Centre. CLICK HERE to view a map.

Hours of Operation

By appointment only.
Open 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM; 7 days/week

Holiday Hours:
Saturday, January 1 - 12:00 - 4:00 PM

How do I find out my results?

You can find your COVID-19 test results by visiting this website. You need to have your OHIP number ready to check your results through the website. A health care worker will also contact you directly if your result is positive.

How long does it take to get the results?

Due to extremely high volumes, test results can take up to 7 days, but could be available as soon as 48-72 hours.