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

Last updated April 24, 2020

We have opened 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. 

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

  • Weekday hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Weekend hours: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

The goal of the assessment centres is to provide comprehensive screening, assessment and testing for mildly symptomatic 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. 

These spaces will be exclusively reserved for assessing anyone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19. 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 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.

Before proceeding to an assessment centre, please complete a self-assessment on this screening tool for the Toronto region: Based on the self-assessment, you may be directed to your local emergency department or local assessment centre.

Assessment Centres focus on symptoms, and as of May 14, 2020 any Ontarian with at least one symptom of COVID-19 (please see full list of symptoms from the Ontario Ministry of Health listed here) will be considered for testing.

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

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

We will screen children who fall under the guidelines. We may, however, recommend that anyone six months and younger with respiratory symptoms go to the Emergency Department.

Those who arrive at our assessment centres but do not have any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 as listed here may be asked to either return home and self-isolate or go to the Emergency Department, depending on the situation.

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. 

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 who has at least one symptom or sign of COVID-19 can be screened in our assessment centres at no cost.