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Eligibility Criteria for COVID-19 PCR Testing in Ontario:

Eligibility Criteria for COVID-19 PCR Testing in Ontario:

Specific individuals/groups that are now eligible for PCR testing according to the new guidance in Ontario. Effective Friday, December 31, 2021, PCR testing will only be recommended for individuals if they belong to the following groups:

  Symptomatic people who fall into one of the following groups:

  • Hospitalized patients o Patients in Emergency Departments, at the discretion of the treating clinician.
  • Patient-facing health care workers.
  • Staff, residents, essential care providers, and visitors in hospitals and congregate living settings, including long-term care, retirement homes, First Nation eldercare lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, temporary foreign worker settings, and correctional institutions.
  • Outpatients for whom COVID-19 treatment is being considered.
  • Underhoused or homeless.
  • People who are from First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities and individuals travelling into these communities for work.
  • Symptomatic elementary and secondary students and education staff who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school.
  • People on admission/transfer to or from the hospital or congregate living setting.
  • High-risk contacts and asymptomatic/symptomatic people in the context of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in high-risk settings, including hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, other congregate living settings and institutions, and other settings as directed by the local public health unit.
  • Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP.
  • Asymptomatic testing in hospital, long-term care, retirement homes, and other Congregate Living Settings and Institutions as per provincial guidance and/or Directives.
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