COVID-19 Assessment Centre

The University of Toronto Scarborough is partnering with the Scarborough Health Network (SHN), to provide new, indoor facilities for COVID-19 testing throughout the winter. This will ensure you will not need to wait outside during these cold months.

SHN’s Centenary Assessment Centre will be relocated to the U of T Scarborough Campus, which will allow us to increase testing capacity, through the provision of safe, secure and warm COVID-19 Assessment Centres.

 

COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Highland Hall Event Centre

 

FAQ

When will the Assessment Centre be operational?

The centre will open on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 and run until April 2021.

Where will it be located?

It will be located on the U of T Scarborough campus in Highland Hall event centre.

Why is the assessment centre being located at U of T Scarborough?

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) will be relocating their COVID-19 Assessment Centres at their Birchmount, Centenary and General hospitals to neighbouring indoor facilities. U of T Scarborough is proud to partner with SHN to help protect the health and safety of our Scarborough community, through the provision of a COVID-19 Assessment Centre on campus.

Scarborough has a large geographical footprint with just three hospital sites, unlike the St. George campus, which is very close to several hospitals and testing sites. To improve access and testing capacity in Scarborough, the new site will provide an extra testing location, with an adjacent public transit loop.

The province has advised hospitals to move their COVID-19 Assessment Centres to new, indoor locations so that testing may continue throughout the upcoming winter months.

Who should go to an Assessment Centre?

The Assessment Centre will serve the local Scarborough community. If you meet one of the following criteria you are encouraged to get tested at an Assessment Centre:

  • You are showing COVID-19 symptoms (see list of symptoms)
  • Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app
  • You are a resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit
  • Require a test for travel purposes
  • Are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care

You should complete the province’s self-assessment tool to determine if you should go to a COVID-19 Assessment Centre to get tested. Once you complete the province’s self-assessment tool, you will get a recommendation on what to do next. If the recommendation is to get tested at an assessment centre, you must make an appointment first.

Will the Assessment Centre be safe?

The Assessment Centre will operate in the same way that current locations being managed by the SHN, including all of the same safety measures and protocols:

  • The Assessment Centre in the Highland Hall event centre will be appointment-based testing only, as an additional public health measure to keep people safe
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection of the space, equipment will be performed by hospital staff
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by staff
  • Everyone coming for testing will have to wear masks at all times, sanitize their hands, and follow physical distancing guidelines (i.e. 6 feet/2 metres apart)
  • HVAC (air) is separate from the office tower of Highland Hall and dedicated to the testing centre
  • Garbage will be removed from the site daily by hospital staff
  • The Assessment Centre will have a dedicated entrance and exit, separate from the rest of the Highland Hall building
  • Testing is set up only within the Highland Hall event centre, which is hoarded off from the rest of the campus and managed separately by SHN staff
  • People coming for testing will be instructed not to use the rest of the UTSC property or buildings. UTSC buildings have controlled access points to prevent unintended entry 
  • It remains critically important for everyone to continue following public health advice, including everyday actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as practicing physical distancing with those outside your household; wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so; washing your hands frequently and thoroughly; and following gathering limits and rules

If I am a member of the U of T Scarborough community, can I opt to go to the Assessment Centre at UTSC to get a test?

UofT staff, faculty and students who are eligible and meet the criteria to get tested at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre may choose to make an appointment at the new UTSC location.

If you are not eligible to get tested at an Assessment Centre, but you are interested in getting a COVID-19 test, you may check with select local pharmacies, about making an appointment (visit Ontario.ca/covidtest to find the closest pharmacy offering testing) or speak with your health care provider.

How do I book an appointment?

A list of the Greater Toronto Assessment Centres can be found here, where you can call and make an appointment at the location that is best for you. If you are eligible and would like to get tested at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at UTSC, you make book an appointment online at www.shn.ca/covid19-assess.  If you have challenges completing the online booking form, you may call 416-495-2601 (daily between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.) for support. For questions not related to your appointment, please email covidassessmentcentre@shn.ca.

What can I expect at an Assessment Centre?

Arriving for your appointment

  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to allow time for parking and accessing the assessment centre.
  • If you intend on coming with a visitor who is not registered to be seen at the clinic, please ask them to remain in the vehicle until you complete your visit.
  • If you require a visitor for accessibility, translation or other reasons, only one visitor is permitted.
  • If you require accessibility services, please inform the clerk who will notify the clinical team who can assist upon arrival.
  • Please ensure you wear your face mask or covering, and use the washroom prior to your appointment.
  • If you require accessibility services, please inform the clerk who will notify the clinical team who can assist upon arrival.
  • Parking for the Assessment Centre is located in Parking Lot A.
  • You will receive a PDF parking permit when you book and get confirmation of your appointment online. 
  • You are required to print, complete the fields and display the permit on the front dash of your   vehicle while parked in Parking Lot A.
  • Note that Parking Lot A is a pay-and-display parking lot that is enforced by the City of Toronto. It is important that your vehicle displays the parking permit. Toronto Police Services will look for a valid permit or a valid pay and display receipt, and they will not accept handwritten notes.

Assessment Centre process

  • When you arrive at the Assessment Centre for your appointment, you will be greeted and asked to please clean your hands with sanitizer and checked to ensure you are wearing your mask.
  • Then you will be able to proceed to register for your appointment, where you will need to present your Health Card.
  • A nurse will take your temperature and blood pressure, and ask about your symptoms and exposure to COVID-19. This information will be captured for a doctor to review, who advises if you should self-monitor or self-isolate after getting tested.
  • Following your brief consult with the doctor, you will then go to one of our testing stations where a nurse will do a nasal swab.

After completing your test

  • Clean your hands, then go directly to your vehicle or transportation. Do not walk through the campus.
  • Ensure you follow any instructions provided to you by the nurse regarding self-monitoring and self-isolation.
  • If your symptoms become severe (difficulty breathing, chest pain/tightness/crushing sensation, feeling confused, loss of consciousness) please call 911 or visit the closest emergency department right away.

Getting your results

You can access and view your test results through the Ministry of Health’s online tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca

If I am a student, faculty or staff member at U of T Scarborough, what do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19 you should immediately take the following actions:

  • Report this result directly to U of T’s Occupational Health Nurse by email at ehs.occhealth@utoronto.ca.
  • Employees should report their sickness to their manager in accordance with departmental processes.
  • Students should complete the self-declaration form.

The University respects the privacy of individuals who are being tested or who have tested positive for COVID-19, and the information will be kept confidential.

For the most current information, please visit the EHS COVID-19 webpage.