Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Updates for Lakeridge Health

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How to schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine

How you schedule an appointment for the vaccine depends on where you live.  In each Public Health Unit, the number of available appointments is decided by the number of vaccines available. To book at a Lakeridge Health-run clinic, please go to (Oshawa Campus Ice Centre or Ajax Community Centre). We administer the Pfizer vaccine at these clinics.

More information about Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan  is available on the Government of Ontario website at:

Youth aged 12 -17 years now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Durham Region 

Youth aged 12 – 17 years old (must be at 12 on the day of vaccination) are now able to book a COVID-19 Vaccine at the Oshawa Vaccine Clinic only. To book an appointment, go online to For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Durham Region Public Health.

Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Second Dose – Oshawa and Ajax Community Centre COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

If you booked your first dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Oshawa COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, NO NEED TO REBOOK. We will email you with your new second dose appointment details. If you are 70 years+ and/or have had the vaccine on or before April 18 continue to check your email.

If you have questions for our vaccine clinic team please email or 

Update: Relocation of the Clarington COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Starting on June 3, 2021, the Clarington COVID-19 Assessment Centre, currently located at the Garnet B Rickard Recreation Complex  will be re-located to 2950 Courtice Road at the Courtice Community Complex.

Currently, the Garnet B Rickard Recreation Complex is also being used as a vaccination clinic. Relocating the Assessment Centre will enable us to have enough room to vaccine 1,000 people.

If you have a COVID-19 test booked on or after June 3rd, please visit the Courtice Community Complex (2950 Courtice Road) for your COVID-19 test.

Service Update Regarding Obstetric Patients at Port Perry Hospital

Lakeridge Health is resuming obstetrical services at Port Perry Hospital’s New Life Centre. These services were temporarily transitioned to the Oshawa Hospital on April 14 to accommodate COVID-19 and acute care admissions.

Pregnant patients that were under the care of Family Medicine at the Oshawa Hospital will be transferred back to the Family Medicine team at Port Perry Hospital. The Obstetrics team at Port Perry Hospital is in the process of communicating with patients.

Labour and delivery services continue to be available as per usual at the Ajax Pickering Hospital and Oshawa Hospital. We thank our community and all impacted patients for their patience and cooperation during this time.

Temporary Service Updates due to COVID-19

Following provincial directives and guided by our surge capacity plans, here are the most current service updates related to COVID-19:

Non-urgent and Non-emergency surgeries and services

At this time, we are curtailing all non-urgent and non-emergency services to protect our ability to provide urgent and emergency care. This ramp down also includes services such as X-rays, bloodwork, rehabilitation, and other outpatient procedures.

Emergency surgeries will continue, as well as prioritized time-sensitive surgeries, such as cancer surgeries. Read more in our latest Letter to the Community.

Inpatient Mental Health at Ajax Pickering Hospital

Thirteen (13) beds within the 3W inpatient general mental health unit will temporarily transition to a COVID-19 unit, supporting both COVID-19 and mental health patients.
Patients admitted to this unit will be transferred to Ontario Shores to continue their care.
Ajax Pickering Hospital will continue to operate a six-bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).


The majority of paediatric patients will be transferred to Sick Kids Hospital, with the following exceptions:

  • Ajax Pickering Hospital paediatrics unit will continue to provide care to infants requiring phototherapy.
  • Oshawa Hospital paediatrics unit will also provide this service, as well as admit youth patients seeking care for eating disorders.

We will continue to provide emergency and urgent care to any paediatric patient in Durham Region.

We know these updates will be disruptive for many people. However, we are assessing our capacity needs daily and are hopeful we can resume these services soon.

Update on COVID-19 Vaccines in Durham Region

Receiving the vaccine helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We encourage all residents in Durham Region to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible to receive a vaccine, please visit Durham Region's Vaccine page. If you are eligible for your shot and are looking to book an appointment, please visit Durham Vaccine Appointment page.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Durham Region’s Vaccine page and the Ministry of Heath’s COVID-19.


What to do if you think you have COVID-19


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 do to if I’m asymptomatic and have been exposed?

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.

Regarding asymptomatic community members who have been exposed: They are encourage to be tested 7 days from their exposure. Close contacts who develop symptoms should be tested/re-tested as soon as possible:

  • Close contacts without symptoms who have had ongoing exposure to the case (e.g. live in same house or worked together on multiple days) should be tested as soon as possible.
  • Close contacts without symptoms who did not have ongoing exposure or only had contact to the case on a specific occasion should be tested 7 days from your last exposure to the case.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre Locations in Durham

Durham Regions COVID-19 Assessment Centres are located at:

  • Ajax Pickering Hospital - 580 Harwood Ave South
  • Beaverton - 360 Bay Street
  • Clarington - Courtice Community Complex - 2950 Courtice Road
  • Downtown Oshawa (Parking Garage) - 1 Mary Street
  • Pickering - 1101 Kingston Road, unit 140 - as of June 10, 2021, a drive-thru location.
  • Pickering - Durham Manor Pickering Assessment Centre - 1970 Brock Rd
  • 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 Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Beaverton Assessment Centre - Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Clarington Assessment Centre - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday,
    Thursday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Downtown Oshawa Assessment Centre - Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday and
    Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Durham Manor Pickering Assessment Centre - Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
    Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Pickering Assessment Centre - Monday 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
    Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Port Perry Assessment Centre - Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday  4 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
  • Sunderland Assessment Centre - Monday's 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Whitby Assessment Centre - Monday to Saturday 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:

  • 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's COVID Test page 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's COVID Test page 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 on Ontario's COVID Test page.

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 after this period of time, they can call the COVID Assessment Centre results line at 905-721-4842.