COVID-19 Assessment Centres at St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s

Last updated Sep 18, 2020 @ 4:11 pm

We have two COVID-19 Assessment Centres: one at our St. Michael’s site and one at our St. Joseph’s site. These assessment centres are equipped with proper precautions such as hand hygiene stations and isolated spaces for those who are being assessed for COVID-19.

If you’re coming to either of our assessment centres, the video below shows you what you can expect. At both, you’ll be given a mask upon entry and asked to clean your hands, you’ll be registered, and then seen by one of our team members to be tested for COVID-19. Please remember to bring your health card, if you have one. Presenting a valid Ontario health card at the time of your test will allow you to access your results online once they’re available (more information in the Q&As below). Our assessment centres also provide helpful resources to patients.

This video outlines the process at our St. Joseph’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre, which is very similar to the process at our St. Michael’s Assessment Centre:

St. Michael’s Hospital
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, 38 Shuter St. 1st floor

  • Weekday and weekend hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., last patient registered at 5:40 p.m., or earlier, as required depending on capacity and volumes

St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Sunnyside Building, 1st floor – enter through the Sunnyside Avenue entrance

  • Weekday and weekend hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., last patient to be registered at 7:30 p.m., or earlier, as required depending on capacity and volumes

There are over 120 assessment centres across the province that have been set up to test Ontarians for COVID-19.

The goal of the assessment centres is to provide comprehensive screening, assessment and testing for  members of the public who either self-present or are referred for assessment by Toronto Public Health. Those who are determined to require self-isolation will also be provided instructions and support materials. 

 A full list of symptoms and signs of COVID-19, as defined by the provincial Ministry of Health, can be found here. Assessment Centres will help manage flow and reduce pressure in our Emergency Department. 

Both the St. Michael’s and St. Joseph’s assessment centres are located outside of the main hospital buildings. We are keeping everyone safe while operating these assessment centres – there are proper precautions in place such as hand hygiene stations and isolated spaces for those who are being assessed for COVID-19.

Outpatients will continue to access the St. Joseph’s Sunnyside building, and we have put rigorous hygiene practices in place to protect all those who enter the building. 

  • Both assessment centres now have phone numbers you can call:

    • To reach the St. Joseph’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre, please call 416-530-6720.
    • To reach the St. Michael’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre, please call 416-864-5800.

No, both of our centres are walk-in centres. You do not require an appointment or a referral to be tested.

Please note: The St. Michael’s Assessment Centre is pleased to offer booked appointments for children aged 14 and younger. In order to meet physical distancing requirements, it is preferred to have only one parent or guardian accompany those needing to be tested.  Additionally, we are able to book appointments for those with mobility issues. Please call 416 360-4000 ext. 49887 to book an appointment for children aged 14 and younger. This option is currently only available at the St. Michael’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre.

For a full list of symptoms and signs of COVID-19, please see this reference document from the Ontario Ministry of Health. 

You can get a test if:

  • You are worried you may have COVID-19
  • You are worried you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • You are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through your employment  
  • You are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Please note:

  • You do not need a referral to get a test
  • You do not need a health card to get a test
  • Anyone who wants a test can get a test 
  • You do not need to book an appointment at our centres to get a test

For more information about when you should consider going to the Emergency Department, please visit the Toronto Region COVID-19 Assessment Centres information page.

Asymptomatic close contacts should be considered for testing within 14 days of an exposure. If you are having ongoing exposure (like in a household) then testing should be done right away. If the exposure is over then it is best to wait five to seven days before seeking a test. If you continue to feel well you should still remain in self-isolation for 14 days from the exposure, even if the test result is negative.

You can find your COVID-19 test results by visiting the following website: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/. You need to have your OHIP number ready to check your results through the website. Results should be uploaded within three to seven days. 

Please note: In order to access your results online once they are available, you will need to bring a valid green Ontario photo health card with you to the Assessment Centre when you come for a test. Those who do not bring their health card, who have an old red and white health card or who do not have a valid health card will not be able to access their results online.

A member of the Assessment Centre team will also contact you directly if you test positive for COVID-19. We will not contact you directly if your result is negative.

We expect that COVID-19 test results will usually come back in two to four days. Certain tests may be prioritized if there is a high risk of transmission, such as for health care workers or in an outbreak setting. You can access your result through MyChart at https://www.mychart.ca/ or from the province of Ontario’s online at portal https://covid-19.ontario.ca/.

We will screen children . We may, however, recommend that anyone one year old and younger with respiratory symptoms go to the Emergency Department.

The St. Michael’s Assessment Centre is pleased to offer booked appointments for children aged 14 and younger. In order to meet physical distancing requirements, it is preferred to have only one parent or guardian accompany those needing to be tested.  Additionally, we are able to book appointments for those with mobility issues. Please call 416 360-4000 ext. 49887 to book an appointment.   

Please note this option is currently only available at the St. Michael’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre. 

If your child has been in a classroom with a positive COVID-19 case, then your child should be tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.  This is especially true if it is suspected that their classmate acquired the infection at school, which is information you would be provided by Toronto Public Health. If it is determined that the classmate acquired COVID-19 outside of the school, then it may be reasonable to wait five to seven days to test your child. If everyone else in your household remains well, then only the child who was exposed to the classmate with COVID-19 needs to self-isolate for 14 days after the exposure.  Further guidance can be sought from Toronto Public Health staff connected with your child’s school.

If the risk of your child having COVID-19 is not low as per Public Health staff (for example, there was an exposure to a classmate testing positive as in the above scenario), then the child as well as the household need to self-isolate at home while awaiting results. If there is no known exposure to COVID-19, then household contacts should speak to their health care providers or public health units about the need to self-isolate.

Results should be uploaded here between three to seven days after your test and we cannot guarantee they will be available by a specific date. 

If you have no symptoms of COVID-19 there is no recommendation to undergo testing while in the required 14-day quarantine. You should be minimizing any movement from your home and following instructions from public health officials. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while in quarantine then contact Toronto Public Health for further instructions.

A single negative COVID-19 test is sufficient to rule out an infection at that point in time. If your symptoms improve then no further testing is needed. If there are persistent, new, or worsening symptoms and no alternative diagnosis then repeat testing may be considered by your health care provider. If you have had an exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 then you should self-isolate for 14 days even if your test result is negative.

Please do not bring visitors into the assessment centre unless needed because the person being screened requires assistance or is a minor. This will help reduce traffic in these spaces.

Everyone can be tested for COVID-19 in our assessment centres at no cost.