Want a COVID-19 test for no reason? You'll be turned away

The line at the testing centre at Michael Garon Hospital

New testing guidance from the province says that low-risk, asymptomatic people should not be tested for COVID-19.

Low risk would include someone who has NOT had contact with a positive case and is NOT in a high risk group such as those in long term care homes and people with compromised immune systems.

Provincial health officials, in an update this morning, said low risk individuals without symptoms should not be going to COVID-19 assessment centres.

In a news release, the province says:

"Effective immediately, Ontarians should only seek testing at assessment centres if you are:

  • Showing COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by your public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app;
  • A resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit; and
  • Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care"

The province previously said anyone who wanted a COVID-19 test could get one.

There have been long lineups at test centres recently.