Changes to PCR testing prioritization for COVID-19

Sent on behalf of Tammy Wehrle, Joint Chief Practice Information Officer and Susanne Kish, SMGH COVID Clinic – Assessment Centre

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has updated its criteria regarding who is eligible to receive PCR testing. Click here to access the full list of individuals eligible for PCR testing.

As of January 13, 2022, the following groups are now eligible for PCR testing:

  • Anyone experiencing symptoms and residing in the same household as a frontline worker currently working in a high-risk setting (high-risk settings are defined as: hospitals and congregate living settings, including long-term care, retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, temporary foreign worker settings, and correctional institutions)
    • This means that symptomatic partners and children of frontline workers now qualify to receive PCR testing.*
  • Symptomatic first responders (fire, police and paramedics)
  • Pregnant people

*The decision to offer PCR testing to household members of front-line workers is to help support our staff by efficiently tracking household exposures. If household exposures are understood more closely, it can better determine when exposed staff members can return to work.

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