COVID Assessment


Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms include:

  • Fever and/or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches/joint pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. vomiting or diarrhea)

Have you been identified as a high-risk contact by your local public health unit?
This includes a living or work setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak.

Do you fit in one of the following groups?

  • Individuals who identify as Indigenous and their household members, or persons travelling into First Nations and Indigenous communities for work purposes
  • Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP

Do you fit in one of the following groups and are symptomatic?

  • Patient-facing healthcare workers 
  • Staff, residents, essential care providers, or volunteers at high-risk settings including hospitals, complex continuing care facilities or acute care facilities; congregate settings, long-term care homes, retirement homes, shelters, supportive housing, and correctional institutions.
  • Household members of workers in highest risk settings (as identified above) and patient-facing healthcare workers
  • Temporary foreign worker in congregate living setting

**Please note household members must bring a picture of workers’ employee ID to their appointment

Are you symptomatic and fit in one of the following groups?

  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and at highest risk of severe disease (anyone aged 70 and older or 60 and order who is Indigenous and/or has additional risk factors)
  • Immunocompromised individuals not expected to mount an adequate immune response to COVID-19 vaccinator or SARS-CoV-2-infection. Regardless of vaccination status:
    • Individuals receiving dialysis
    • Individuals receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for solid tumour or hematologic malignancies
    • Recipients of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
    • Recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
    • Individuals with moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
    • Individuals with stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infection and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
    • Individuals receiving active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies: anti-B cell therapies2 (monoclonal antibodies targeting CD19, CD20 and CD22), high-dose systemic corticosteroids (refer to the Canadian Immunization Guide for suggested definition of high dose steroids), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents that are significantly immunosuppressive

Are you symptomatic and fit in one of the following groups?

  • Pregnant people
  • First responders, including fire, police, and paramedics
  • Underhoused or homeless people

COVID Assessment


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

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)

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

The St. Joe's Mountain COVID-19 Testing and St. Joe’s West 5th COVID-19 Testing Centre 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.