COVID-19 Testing

The North Bay Regional Health Centre is 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.

Updated COVID-19 provincial testing guidelines – check eligibility before calling for an appointment.

The NBRHC Assessment Centre is offering antiviral treatment, such as Paxlovid, for higher-risk individuals with COVID-19. These treatments can help prevent serious illness if taken within 5 days of the start of symptoms.

The following higher-risk groups are eligible to be tested and assessed for antiviral treatments:

  • Individuals aged 18 and over who are immunocompromised (have an immune system that is weakened by a health condition or medications);
  • Individuals aged 70 and over;
  • Individuals aged 60 and over with fewer than three vaccine doses; and
  • Individuals aged 18 and over with fewer than three vaccine doses and at least one risk condition (e.g., a chronic medical condition)

Anyone who is eligible for an assessment is now also eligible for a PCR test at the NBRHC Assessment Centre. If your occupation is such that you are deemed an essential worker, the NBRHC Assessment Centre will continue to offer testing.

Refer to the province’s COVID-19 antiviral treatment info sheet to determine if you are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 and may benefit from treatment.

If you have symptoms (even if mild) and are at higher risk of severe COVID-19, seek testing and care immediately by calling 705-474-8600 ext. 4110 to book an appointment.

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.

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.

Where do I go for testing?

SYMPTOMATIC:

  • 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.

ASYMPTOMATIC:

  • 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: http://www.nbdcc.ca/rapid-antigen-screening-program/
  • Travel:
    Visit https://www.rapidscreen.ca/ 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 our community assessment centre 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.
  • 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.

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

The centre is located at the west end of the North Bay Regional Health Centre. You will see signage that indicates to the location–please see map below.

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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.

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.

North Bay

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

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Sudbury

680 Kirkwood Drive,
Sudbury, ON
P3E 1X3
Tel: 705-675-9193
Fax: 705-675-6817

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