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Enhanced COVID-19 Testing for Ontarians
Enhanced COVID-19 Testing for Ontarians
Posted on 06/04/2020
COVID 19 Testing  Guidelines

Dear UCDSB Families,

The well-being of all members of our school communities, including students, families and staff, is a top priority for our school board. We are writing to let you know that the province released its testing plan on Friday May 29, 2020, Protecting Ontarians Through Enhanced Testing.

Ontario’s testing guidance now indicates that you should visit an assessment centre if you:

  • have at least one of the symptoms of COVID-19
  • do not have symptoms but are concerned you might have been exposed
  • do not have symptoms but think you are at risk through your employment (for example, if you are an essential or health care worker)
  • would like to be tested

To support Ontarians who have identified the need to get tested, as of May 24, 2020, people will no longer need a referral to go to any of the more than 130 assessment centres across Ontario for testing. No Ontarian will be declined a test.

Given this expanded guidance, if you do choose to get tested, here are a few important notes:

  • Testing is voluntary.
  • You do not need an OHIP card to be tested. It is a free service.
  • Some assessment centres may require you to book an appointment first or have certain restrictions (for example, some are unable to test young children). Find out more about an assessment centre near you.
  • You can also take an online self-assessment to help determine if you should get tested.
  • If you are free of symptoms and have not had contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 when presenting for testing, you will not be required to self-isolate. However, you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days regardless of your test result. If you begin to develop symptoms, self-isolate and contact your local public health unit for further advice.

We invite you to stay informed and visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19. More information can be found though our local health units: Eastern Ontario Health Unit  and Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit.

School boards are community partners, especially during this challenging time, so it is important for us to share this health-related information with you.

Sincerely,

Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board

John McAllister
Chair of the Board
Upper Canada District School Board


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