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

Last updated Jun 30, 2020 @ 4:25 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 hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., last patient registered at 5:40 p.m.
  • Weekend hours: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., last patient registered at 5:40 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., or earlier, as required depending on testing capacity

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 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.

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.

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

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.

Results should be uploaded to this website: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/ within three to seven days. 

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. 

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 . We may, however, recommend that anyone one year old and younger with respiratory symptoms go to the 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. 

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 screened in our assessment centres at no cost.