Changes to asymptomatic admission testing for COVID-19

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)

Quick details

  • With recent changes to the provincial COVID-19 testing guidelines, guidelines for asymptomatic screening for COVID-19 have been updated.
  • This update no longer recommends asymptomatic screening requirements for fully vaccinated individuals in specific categories.

Summary of changes

With recent changes to the provincial COVID-19 testing guidelines, we are updating our guidelines for asymptomatic screening for COVID-19. This update no longer recommends asymptomatic screening requirements for fully vaccinated individuals in categories listed below. The table below summarizes testing and isolation requirements for each group. Asymptomatic testing outside of these groups is not recommended, unless otherwise advised by IPAC.

Asymptomatic Testing Requirements

 Testing Requirements*Isolation Requirements
Admission to hospital from LTC/RH, other congregate care facility, or direct transfers from another hospitalAsymptomatic testing is required if the patient is not fully immunized.Droplet Contact Precautions within Curtain/Bedspace.  

Discontinue isolation if COVID-19 testing is negative.
Discharge from hospital to LTC/RH or other congregate care facilitiesTesting not routinely required; patients requiring testing should be tested by the receiving facility.Not required
Pre-operative testingTesting required within 72 hours for patient undergoing general anesthesia, who are not fully vaccinated.Not required
Admission from outbreak facility, or following a high-risk COVID-19 exposureTesting required on admission regardless of vaccination status.  

Repeat testing required on day 7.
Droplet Contact Precautions in a private room, unless otherwise directed by IPAC.  
Maintain precautions for 14 days following last exposure.

*Testing not required if previously positive for COVID-19 within past 90 days, or if patient has had a negative COVID-19 test within the past 24 hours.

Process for swabbing

Place an order for “COVID-19 (Allplex)”, specifying that the current status of the patient is Asymptomatic, and under Order Comments, please indicate the reason for screening, in order to aid communication to other departments.

Please contact Infection Control (or clinical on-call after hours) for any questions or concerns with testing patients for COVID-19