Public Covid-19 PCR Testing

COVID-19 testing is now available at Glen Cade Pharmacy for individuals with no symptoms who meet the criteria

As of December 31, 2021, the following individuals are eligible to receive pharmacy services related to publicly funded COVID-19 testing:

  • 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

  • Symptomatic outpatients for whom COVID-19 treatment is being considered

    • Includes those 70 and older who have a risk factor including obesity (BMI ≥ 30), dialysis or stage 5 kidney disease (eGFR <15 mL/min/1.73 m2), diabetes, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability of any severity, sickle cell disease, receiving active cancer treatment, solid organ or stem cell transplant recipients, or 50 and older if Frist Nations, Inuit, or Metis with any of those risk factors.

  • Symptomatic people who are underhoused or homeless

  • Symptomatic elementary and secondary students and education staff who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school

  • Symptomatic/asymptomatic people who are from First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities and individuals travelling into these communities for work

  • Symptomatic/asymptomatic people on admission/transfer to or from a 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

Patients are considered symptomatic if they have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fever and/or chills; OR

  • Cough; OR

  • Shortness of breath; OR

  • Decrease or loss of taste of smell; OR

  • Two of more of:

    • Runny nose/nasal congestion

    • Headache

    • Extreme fatigue

    • Sore throat

    • Muscle aches/joint pain

    • GI symptoms

Please call 416-622-2111 to make an appointment.  If you do not meet the criteria as set by the provincial government a test will not be given.  


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