COVID-19 Assessment Centre
Last Updated: 2021-01-04
As directed by the Ministry of Health, an appointment is required to receive a COVID-19 test at our Assessment Centre.
The Government of Ontario has outlined specific testing criteria for COVID-19. Please review the criteria below before booking your test at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Beginning Friday, December 11, 2020, testing for the purposes of international travel clearance will no longer be permitted at Assessment Centres as directed by the Ministry of Health. International travellers are recommended to consult their travel carrier for testing guidelines and the federal government’s travel website for requirements related to their destination.
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Testing Eligibility Criteria
Adults and children who meet the criteria within the Government of Ontario guidelines can get screened to be tested at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Please book an appointment with the Assessment Centre only if you:
- Are showing COVID-19 symptoms
- Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by local public health or through the COVID-19 Alert app (you may be asked to show the notification)
- Live or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by the local public health unit
- Are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative* as determined by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care, including:
- Residents or workers in long-term care homes
- Visitors to a long-term care home
- Residents or workers in homeless shelters
- International students that have passed their 14-day quarantine period
- Farm workers
- Indigenous communities
- Other setting-specific populations (e.g. asymptomatic cancer patients)
- Are a Mount Sinai Hospital patient who has been directed to be tested prior to your surgery or treatment. Please bring the note from your health care provider to the Assessment Centre.
Only people who meet any of the above criteria can be seen at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre.
If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, please call 911 or go to your closest Emergency Department.
If you do not meet the above criteria:
- You can get tested at select pharmacies only if you are not showing symptoms (asymptomatic) and meet the criteria listed on the Ontario.ca/covidtest website
- You can speak directly with your health care provider for more information
Testing for the purposes of international travel clearance will no longer be permitted at Assessment Centres beginning Friday, December 11, 2020, as directed by the Ministry of Health. International travellers are recommended to consult their travel carrier for testing guidelines and the federal government’s travel website for requirements related to their destination.
* Targeted testing populations may change from time to time and individuals should confirm eligibility with their health care provider.
Appointments at COVID-19 Assessment Centre
Before making an appointment at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital, please use this online self-assessment tool. With direct integration to virtual health care providers, you can access personalized guidance based on your individual symptoms.
- Bookings can be made up to two days in advance. Please book one timeslot per person. For immediate family within your household, one timeslot can be used for a maximum of four people.
- There is no age restriction as to who can be tested.
- When you arrive at the Assessment Centre you will be asked questions to determine if you meet the criteria to be swabbed. You will receive information and a referral that is specific to your situation.
Mount Sinai Hospital,
600 University Avenue,
Toronto, ON M4X 1X8
The entrance to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital is located just north of the main entrance at 600 University Avenue.
Hours of Operation
- Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Closed on weekends
COVID-19 Saliva Testing
Saliva testing is available at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Assessment Centre for eligible patients. The Assessment Centre will determine the most appropriate testing method at the time of your appointment.
We recommend that children under the age of eight have the nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19 testing rather than the saliva test. Most children under the age of eight are unable to produce an appropriate saliva sample.
We strongly recommend a nasal swab as the best option for COVID-19 testing. The saliva test is less sensitive but is still an acceptable method of testing for certain individuals. Below you will find some helpful information on saliva testing.
Eligibility Criteria for Saliva Testing
- People with a medical or anatomy problem of the nose that makes it impossible to have an nasal swab; or
- Children younger than 16 years of age who cannot tolerate the nasal swab.
Preparing for your Saliva Test
If you meet the criteria for saliva testing, you should be well hydrated by drinking a cup of water 60 minutes before giving a saliva sample.
Do NOT eat, drink, smoke, vape, or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to giving a saliva sample.
You will be required to stop swallowing and let the saliva pool in your mouth. Then gently release the saliva into the container being careful not to contaminate the outside of the container.
How much saliva is required?
A minimum of 2 ml (approximately ½ teaspoon) is required for testing.
How long does it take to get your result with saliva testing?
Processing of saliva samples for testing requires additional steps which may increase the time to get your result and may take 24-48 hours longer for your result.
- Once you have been tested at the Assessment Centre, you can check your results online through MyChart or at COVID-19 Ontario website within 24-72 hours (depending on volume, this may vary). We will not be calling patients with negative results.
- If you are having trouble accessing MyChart, please contact by phone at 1-833-221-2202 or by email on [email protected]. The targeted response is 48 hours. However, with the increased volume in calls, a response may take up to 7 business days.