COVID Assessment


Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?

Has your public health unit told you that you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have you received an exposure notification through the COVID Alert app?

Do you live in or work at a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by your local public health unit?

Are you:

  • A worker or resident of a high-risk setting such as long-term care homes, shelters or other congregate setting; OR
  • A visitor to a long-term care home; OR
  • An international student that has arrived in the last 14 days; OR
  • Travelling internationally (please note you must provide proof of travel when you arrive for your appointment)?

Are you booking for a child care- or school-age child/teen?

Does this person have any new or worsening of the following symptoms:

  • Fever/ chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased sense of smell/ taste

Of the following list, how many new or worsening symptoms does this person have:

  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy/ runny nose
  • Headache
  • Nausea/ vomiting/ diarrhea
  • Fatigue/ lethargy/ muscle aches

This person does not require a COVID-19 test.

  • This person should stay home for 24 hours from when the symptom started and not leave except for a medical emergency.
  • After 24 hours, if their symptom is improving they can return to school/child care when they feel well enough to do so. They do not need to get tested.
  • After 24 hours, if the symptom persists, worsens, or they are developing new symptoms continue to stay home and talk to your doctor/health care provider for more advice, including if they need a COVID-19 test.

 

COVID Assessment


Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? (new, worsening, and not related to other known causes or conditions)

  • Fever (Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher)
  • Chills
  • Cough that's new or worsening (continuous, more than usual, not related to other known causes or conditions, for example COPD)
  • Barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing (Croup, not related to other known causes or conditions)
  • Shortness of breath (Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply, not related to other known causes or conditions, for example, asthma)
  • Sore throat (Not related to other known causes or conditions, for example, seasonal allergies, acid reflux)
  • Difficulty swallowing (Painful swallowing, not related to other known causes or conditions)
  • Runny nose (Not related to other known causes or conditions, for example, seasonal allergies, being outside in cold weather)
  • Stuffy or congested nose(Not related to other known causes or conditions, for example, seasonal allergies)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell (Not related to other known causes or conditions, for example, allergies, neurological disorders)
  • Pink eye (Conjunctivitis, not related to other known causes or conditions, for example, reoccurring styes)
  • Headache that’s unusual or long lasting (Not related to other known causes or conditions, for example, tension-type headaches, chronic migraines)
  • Digestive issues like nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain (Not related to other known causes or conditions, for example, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety in children, menstrual cramps)
  • Muscle aches that are unusual or long lasting (Not related to other known causes or conditions, for example, a sudden injury, fibromyalgia)
  • Extreme tiredness that is unusual (Fatigue, lack of energy, not related to other known causes or conditions, for example, depression, insomnia, thyroid disfunction)
  • Falling down often (For older people)
  • Sluggishness or lack of appetite (For young children and infants)

Do you live in or work at a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by your local public health unit?

Has your public health unit told you that you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have you received an exposure notification through the COVID Alert app?

Are you:
- A worker or resident of a high-risk setting such as long-term care homes, shelters or other congregate setting; OR
- A visitor to a long-term care home; OR
- An international student that has arrived in the last 14 days; OR
- Travelling internationally (please note you must provide proof of travel when you arrive for your appointment)?

Frequently Asked Questions about Booking an Appointment Online for a COVID-19 Test

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The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centres in the Hamilton region are a partnership between Hamilton Public Health Services, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton Paramedic Service, McMaster Family Health Team, Hamilton Family Health Team, Hamilton Family Medicine (HFAM) and Good Shepherd Centres. 

As always, regardless of need for a potential COVID-19 test, if someone is very ill and in need of immediate care, they should go to the nearest Urgent Care Centre, Emergency Department, or call 911.