COVID-19 Testing

There are two options when you are making your appointment to be tested for COVID-19 at the Community COVID-19 Assessment Centre located at NBRHC.

  • Assessment Centre – located at the west end of NBRHC with parking in public lot #9
    (children eight years old and under must use the assessment centre).
  • Drive-thru option for testing – located at the west entrance of NBRHC.

The North Bay Regional Health Centre is now providing physician assessments to individuals with non-severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Patients who cannot safely manage their moderate COVID-19 symptoms at home can book an appointment by calling 474-8600 x 4110 to be assessed instead of going to the Emergency Department. Walk ins are not accepted at this time.

Patients with severe symptoms should still attend the Emergency Department or call 911.

Change to COVID-19 testing guidelines for general public – check eligibility before calling for an appointment.

Effective immediately and in response to the rapidly spreading and highly transmissible Omicron variant COVID-19 testing guidelines have changed for the general public.

Here is a list of groups eligible for molecular testing (PCR or rapid molecular testing) in our assessment centre:

  • 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
    • 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 First Nations, Inuit, or Métis with any of those risk factors
    • Underhoused or homeless
  • People who are from First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities and individuals travelling into these communities for work
  • Symptomatic elementary and secondary students and education staff who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school
  • People on admission/transfer to or from 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

If your occupation is such that you are deemed an essential worker, the NBRHC Assessment Centre will continue to offer testing.

If you have concerns about your symptoms, contact your doctor, health care provider or Telehealth for more information and guidance. If you develop severe symptoms requiring medical attention, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, call 911.

Please call 705-474-8600 ext. 4110 to book an appointment for testing.

We are experiencing a high volume of phone calls. Our staff are working 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week to meet our community’s testing needs. We understand that this is frustrating. Thank you for your patience as our staff work to book appointments.

Where do I go for testing?


  • NBRHC Community COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    Located at the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
    Please call 705-474-8600 ext. 4110 to book an appointment for testing.


  • Antigen Testing:
    Antigen testing is available at the Lakeshore Drive and Josephine Shoppers Drug Mart locations in North Bay.
  • Workplace Requirement:
    As per Ministry guidelines, Assessment Centres will no longer provide tests for workplace screening programs. Employees with no symptoms should not be sent there.

    • North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce
      Free COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Screening kits are available for small and medium-sized businesses with 150 or fewer employees. More information on the program is available at this link:
  • Travel:
    Visit to book a test for travel. There is a fee for this service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment or referral?

You do not need a referral to get a test. Appointment is required.  To book an appointment at either our community assessment centre or drive-thru testing for COVID-19 call 705-474-8600 ext. 4110. Please check eligibility (above) before calling for an appointment.

What happens at this assessment centre?

  • When you arrive we will register you and call your name according to your booked time. If you have an appointment in our drive-thru, arrive at your exact appointment time, stay in your vehicle and wait for instruction. Please turn your engine off when parked or waiting.
  • A healthcare worker will swab your nose in order to obtain a sample to test you for COVID-19.
  • You will receive information about how to get your test results and what to do if it is positive.

Does this assessment centre test children for COVID-19?

Yes. We are also currently equipped to test children under the age of 2 years for COVID-19. Children eight years old and under can only be tested at our Community Assessment Centre.

Where is the COVID-19 Assessment Centre and drive thru located?

Both are located at the west end of the North Bay Regional Health Centre. You will see signage that indicates each location–please see map below. Follow the red signs for the Community Assessment Centre and blue signs for the drive-thru.

COVID Parking Map Click image above to view a larger PDF.

For the safety of yourself and others, please DO NOT use the main hospital entrance. Our Assessment Centre can be accessed by entering off highway 17 and turning left at the stop sign.

What are the hours of operation?

  • Our Assessment Centre is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The drive-thru option is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Is parking available?

Parking is free and available in public lot #9—across from the Assessment Centre entrance.

How do I find out my results?

  • You can find your COVID-19 test results by visiting this website.
  • A healthcare worker will also contact you directly if your result is positive

Self-assessment tool

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment tool can help you determine if you need to seek further care.

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50 College Drive,
P.O. Box 2500
North Bay, ON
P1B 5A4
Tel: 705-474-8600

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Sudbury, ON
P3E 1X3
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