Updated: August 3, 2022
Information for all
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.
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.
*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: 8 am to 4 pm, 7 days a week
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
- Regional COVID-19 Care Clinic is located at 66 Pinebush Rd in Cambridge.
- It is accessible by Grand River Transit, route 67: Eagle-Pinebush.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to have your results released. This form is necessary to release health information.
- Free parking is available on-site.
- 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.