Please note: Only individuals who have tested POSITIVE for COVID-19 will be contacted by the TBDHU.
All assessment centres are available only to those who have been directed to attend and have an appointment. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
Ontario Health has set out the following guidelines for COVID-19 testing. Individuals should only seek testing at assessment centres if they are:
- Showing COVID-19 symptoms (including individuals who are fully vaccinated**);
- **An individual is considered “fully vaccinated” once 14 days have passed after receiving a second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine series. Read Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals for more information.
- Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by the TBDHU or an 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 the TBDHU; or
- Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care. This includes visitors to long-term care homes.
To be assessed and scheduled for testing, call the assessment centre nearest you (see below for specific details and contact information for each centre). Appointments are required.
Waiting for your Test Appointment and Test Results
Individuals are tested for different reasons. While you are waiting for your test appointment and test result, please identify your situation and follow the directions below:
*An exposure includes international travel, travel outside of Northwestern Ontario, contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or worked or attended a facility that is under an outbreak of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
** An individual is considered “fully vaccinated” once 14 days have passed after receiving a second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine series.
When You Can Come Out of Self-Isolation
Visit the Self-Isolation page for details specific to various self-isolation scenarios, including what you can and cannot do during self-isolation, what to do if your symptoms worsen, what your close contacts should do, and when you can come out of self-isolation.
Case management and contact tracing is a core competency of public health. This includes identifying close contacts for every positive COVID-19 case in the Thunder Bay District. The identification and management of these close contacts is one of the tools public health uses to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The TBDHU also completes case and contact management for other infectious diseases, such as sexually transmitted infections (e.g. chlamydia and gonorrhea), blood borne viruses, (e.g. HIV and Hepatitis C), and tuberculosis.
With regards to confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the TBDHU area, individuals who have not been contacted by public health would not be considered a high-risk close contact of confirmed cases.
For more details, watch this short video on how Case and Contact Management is carried out.