I'm worried. Should I go to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre to get tested?

We spoke with Drs. Paul Das and Joel Lockwood about what you need to know.

What should I expect at the St. Michaels Assessment Centre?

We prioritize patient and staff safety.

Then you will be asked to exit or taken to a separate pod for further testing.  

Who should go to the Assessment Centre?

Testing is different from what people think. We are testing:

What if I dont meet those criteria?

We likely wont test you. But we are also an education centre, where you can learn more about COVID-19.

What are the hours?

Open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and from 2 to 7 p.m.  (We close for cleaning between 1:30 and 2 p.m.)

What if Ive tested positive?

The best course is self-isolation and physically distancing yourself from others to reduce the chances of spreading it.

Should I ever go directly to Emergency?

If you have shortness of breath, chest pain and/or excessive fatigue go to the Emergency Department. If youre too weak to take care of yourself, come in. How? Call 9-11 because its not safe to take public transit or Uber. And please dont ask a healthy neighbour drive you.

Adapted from Facts from the Frontlines, Episode 4.

For more information and updates, visit Unity Health Toronto.

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