Updated: August 3, 2022
Information for all
Effective April 11, 2022: Symptomatic testing is ONLY available if you are:
- At a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and you work in a high risk setting;
- People who are being admitted/transferred 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
- Aged 18 and up, immunocompromised and experiencing symptoms
- Aged 70 and up and experiencing symptoms
- Aged 60 and up with fewer than three vaccine doses and experiencing symptoms
- Aged 18 and up with fewer than three vaccine doses, at least one risk condition (For example, a chronic illness, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc.) and experiencing symptoms
- Asymptomatic testing in hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes and other congregate living settings and Institutions as per provincial guidance and/or Directive
- People who are from First Nation, Inuit, and Metis communities and individuals travelling into these communities for work;
Or symptomatic people in one of the following groups:
- Hospitalized patients;
- Patients in the emergency department at the discretion of the treating clinician;
- Patient-facing health care workers, including first responders (fire, police and paramedics);
- People who are pregnant;
- Staff, residents, essential care providers, and visitors in high risk settings (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;
- Individuals who live in the same household with someone who works in a high risk setting (as defined above).
Testing for close contacts of cases is no longer recommended, except for high-risk contacts/individuals who are part of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in high-risk settings, as recommended by public health.
For individuals who do not live or work in a high-risk setting or live in the same household as someone who works in a high-risk setting (i.e. hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, congregate living settings were immunocompromised people live), a positive Rapid Antigen Test will no longer require confirmation with a PCR test. Anyone who tests positive on a rapid antigen test is to follow isolation guidelines found here ontario.ca/exposed
Individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms should consider themselves to be positive for COVID-19 and should follow the isolation and self monitoring guidelines found here ontario.ca/exposed.
Please go to the Region of Waterloo Public Health website for more information about COVID-19 symptoms, and complete the self-assessment tool. Click here for the link [opens a new window]. If you are unable to leave your home for testing due to a medical condition, speak to your health care provider or call an assessment centre.
Notice: COVID tests are by appointment only. Please visit https://covidtestregistration.grhosp.on.ca/ to book.
If you need to cancel your appointment, please call 226-806-5690.
Please note: We do not provide the COVID test required for travel, social events or asymptomatic testing for unvaccinated individuals. Please visit participating pharmacies and clinics.
All patients with positive results will be contacted by Public Health, otherwise please follow up with your family physician.
To access your COVID-19 test results (for those with a valid Ontario Health card):
- Go to Ontario.ca/covid19 [will open in new window]
- Click on “Check your lab results” on the right side of the page.
- Fill in the information required. You will need a valid (green) Ontario health card.
- Select “Verify patient” and follow the instructions.
- For those without a valid Ontario health card, staff will let you know how you can access your results.
When will I get my results? Most tests (approximately 85%) are completed within 48 hours, however it can take up to 72-96 hours depending on the volume of tests that need to be completed.
Grand River Hospital COVID-19 Testing Centre - 835 King St. West in Kitchener in the 40 Green Building
*We do not provide the COVID test required for travel, social events or asymptomatic testing for unvaccinated individuals. Please visit participating pharmacies and clinics.*
Hours of operation: 7 am to 2:45 pm, 6 days a week (closed on Saturdays).
Testing is by appointment only. Click here to book a same-day COVID test. [opens new window]
NOTE: You must register each person being tested separately.
If you need to cancel your appointment, please call 226-806-5690 and choose option 6
- Grand River Hospital’s COVID-19 Testing Centre is located at 40 Green Street in Kitchener.
- It is accessible by Grand River Transit. The closest ION LRT stop is Grand River Hospital station (King Street). The station connects to bus routes 4, 7 and 16.
- If you do not have an Ontario health card: please fill out this form and send to Grand River Hospital's health information management department by fax at 519-749-4311, or by scanning and emailing to email@example.com to have your results released. This form is necessary to release health information.
- The entrance is next to the parking garage (watch for signs). Free parking is available directly outside of the entrance. Please note this entrance has several stairs.
- For those who require accessible entry, please park in the main 40 Green St parking lot, in the marked accessible (free) parking spaces. You will be directed by signage at the accessible entrance way for entry assistance.
- Health care workers: please book via the Grand River Hospital online booking website or phone the centre for assistance.
Please note: GRH is not able to expedite test results for any reason including travel, medical procedures or visitation requirements at long-term care or retirement homes.
For a list of regional testing centres, please visit https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/community-assessment-centres.aspx
St. Mary’s General Hospital Clinical Assessment Centre
- 911 Queen’s Blvd, Kitchener (ground floor of hospital)
- Hours of operation: 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday
- Call 519-744-3311 x7001 to schedule an appointment
Cambridge-North Dumfries Community COVID-19 Assessment Centre (run by Cambridge Memorial Hospital)
- Location: 215 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge
- Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (weekends and holidays; closed December 25)
- Appointment required. To schedule or cancel an appointment:
- Book online at myvisit.cmh.org or call 226-895-1050