New online booking system for COVID-19 testing in Windsor-Essex

Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) has launched a new online booking system for COVID-19 testing.

The new live site can be found on the WRH website with bookings open from 00:01 on Monday.

According to a statement from the hospital, you can also make appointments by calling 519-973-4443. Phone calls are answered Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and you are asked to have your health card ready.

Ouellette campus covid-19 assessment center

The move to a new online booking system for COVID-19 testing follows changes made by the Ontario government to testing criteria announced last week.

The new criteria prescribed by the province only allow the following eligible individuals to book an appointment for molecular testing at the Ouellette Campus COVID-19 Assessment Centre:

  • Symptomatic healthcare workers in contact with the patient
  • Symptoms Staff, volunteers, residents/inpatients, essential care providers, and visitors to hospitals and congregate living facilities, including long-term care facilities, retirement homes, First Nations seniors’ residences, group homes, shelters, hospices, temporary foreign worker establishments and correctional facilities
  • Symptomatic outpatients for whom COVID-19 treatment is considered o include people 70 years and older who have a risk factor, including obesity (BMI ≥ 30), dialysis, or stage 5 kidney disease (eGFR

  • Symptomatic people who are underhoused or homeless
  • Symptomatic primary, secondary and school staff students who received a PCR self-sample kit through their school
  • Symptomatic/asymptomatic people who belong to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and people who travel to these communities for work
  • Symptomatic/asymptomatic people admitted/transferred to or from a collective living environment
  • High-risk contacts and asymptomatic/symptomatic individuals in the context of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in high-risk settings4, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, other institutions and nursing homes. community living, and other settings as directed by the local public health unit
  • Individuals and one accompanying caregiver, with prior written approval for overseas medical services from the Executive Director, OHIP
  • Referred by the hospital to be tested before a medical procedure or treatment
  • Asymptomatic testing in long-term care facilities, retirement homes, and other congregate living settings and institutions in accordance with provincial guidelines and/or guidelines, or as directed by public health

PUMA Clinic

There are no changes to eligibility to book appointments for the PUMA Clinic, which is only open to children aged three months to 17 years with possible symptoms of COVID-19, including:

  • Fever or chills
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Tired
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain or aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Poor diet or lack of appetite
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Stomach ache

PUMA Clinic hours of operation are 12 p.m. (noon) to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

The link to book COVID-19 vaccinations remains unchanged and is available through WEvax.

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