Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Updates for Lakeridge Health

COVID-19 Testing for Durham Region Residents Visiting Lakeridge Health Surgery and Clinic Information COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Last Updated: January 19, 2021

Update on COVID-19 Vaccines in Durham Region

On January 15, 2021, the Canadian Government advised that Pfizer-BioNTech will temporarily reduce deliveries from its European manufacturing facility to all countries receiving its COVID-19 vaccine.

The change in supply will see deliveries reduced for Canada in the coming weeks. Lakeridge Health will continue to offer first doses of the vaccine to priority populations as directed by the Ontario Government: Long Term Care and Retirement Home residents, staff and essential caregivers, as well as high risk Lakeridge Healthcare team members. Distribution of all other first doses to priority populations are paused until further notice.

Everyone within those priority populations who have received a first dose will receive a second dose, however the period between the two may vary. In some cases, a second dose will be scheduled or rescheduled for a date beyond the original 21-day appointment schedule.

Delays in second doses are not anticipated to be for a period longer than 30 days. The delayed schedule is consistent with direction from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

As this is an evolving situation, Lakeridge Health continues to evaluate the incoming vaccine allocation and will offer vaccines based on available supply, based on provincial guidelines. Updates related to the vaccine, including the timing of a public rollout can be found online at the Ministry of Health and Public Health.

Testing for Travel

After December 11, 2020. We will no longer offer COVID-19 tests for travel, including domestic and international trips. This change is based on provincial guidance.

Some commercial COVID-19 testing sites may test travelers for a fee. If you require a test for travel, please explore these options in your community. Please also consult your travel carrier’s guidelines and the Government of Canada Travel Website for requirements to your destination. If a COVID-19 is required, please budget ample time for testing and to receive results prior to your departure.

What to do if you think you have COVID-19

If you are concerned that you have COVID-19 or that you may have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, please contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-000, your primary care provider or complete the online self-assessment tool to determine what to do. If you need urgent medical care, please call 911.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre Locations in Durham

Ajax Pickering Hospital - 580 Harwood Ave South

Beaverton - 360 Bay Street

Clarington - Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex - 2440 Durham Regional Hwy 2

Downtown Oshawa (Parking Garage) - 1 Mary Street

Manilla - 16990 Simcoe Street

Pickering - 1101 Kingston Road, unit 140

Port Perry - Prince Albert Hall - 19 Jeffery St.

Sunderland - 120 River Street

Whitby - Haydenshore Pavillion - 589 Water Street

COVID-19 Assessment Centre Hours of Operation

Ajax Pickering Hospital - Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Beaverton Assessment Centre - Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Clarington Assessment Centre - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday,
Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Downtown Oshawa Assessment Centre - Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday and
Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Manilla Assessment Centre - Fridays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pickering Assessment Centre - Monday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday
and Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Port Perry Assessment Centre - Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Sunderland Assessment Centre - Monday's 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whitby Assessment Centre - Monday to Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*No walk-in patients are accepted. Patients will be contacted by the Assessment Centre based on the results of their assessment form.

 Accessing a COVID-19 Test in Durham Region

To ensure people who are most in need of a COVID-19 test receive one, we are only testing individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria in a COVID-19 Assessment Centre. **NEW** If this applies to you, please complete the assessment form at covidswab.lh.ca:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Were told by public health or notified by the COVID-19 Alert APP that they were exposed to the virus;
  • Work or live in a place where there is an outbreak and were told by public health to get a COVID-19 test;
  • Work or reside in a long-term care home, shelter, retirement home, group home or other congregate care/shared living settings;
  • Were identified as part of a targeted guidance as directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care or by public health*

 Are you eligible for a COVID-19 Testing (flow-chart)

 Are you eligible for a COVID-19 Test?

 Need help scheduling a test?

If you do not have a computer or WiFi, contact DRHD for assistance at 1-800-841-2729. Your appointment will be booked at one of the COVID-19 Assessment Centres listed below. Anyone who is seriously ill or in medical distress should call 911 and be seen at one of our Emergency Departments.

On September 24, 2020 the Ontario government released new guidelines related to COVID-19 testing. In alignment with the new provincial guidelines on COVID-19 testing, all Durham Region COVID-19 Assessment Centres have shifted away from asymptomatic (not showing symptoms) testing. If you do not meet the criteria, but still want a COVID-19 test, please visit Ontario.ca/covidtest for more detailed information about testing.

Testing at Pharmacies

Some pharmacies now offer COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms who need a COVID-19 test. Please visit Ontario.ca/covidtest for information on whether you are eligible for testing, how to book a test and for pharmacy locations near you.

To help prevent the spread of communicable illnesses such as the flu, colds or COVID-19, we encourages everyone to continue to follow COVID-19 public health measures including wearing a face covering; frequent handwashing; and maintaining physical distance from those outside their household or social circle and downloading the COVID Alert mobile app. Download at Ontario.ca/covidalert.

Waiting for your Test?

Individuals typically receive results from their test in 5 - 7 days. However, the wait time can vary and may take longer. If individuals are unable to find their results through Ontario.ca after this period of time, they can call the COVID Assessment Centre results line at 905-721-4842.