Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing

Manitoba’s COVID-19 testing approach is based on current and evolving public health evidence. As the situation has evolved, testing eligibility criteria have expanded to guide the province’s response.

Manitoba’s test strategy has been based on the following considerations:

  • those at risk for serious disease
  • the potential to transmit the virus within a setting
  • the potential to have serious impact on health care delivery and critical infrastructure
  • the risk of exposure and likelihood of testing positive

Presently, anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is eligible for testing. This includes the following groups who were identified as priority groups for testing earlier in the pandemic:

  • hospitalized inpatients
  • congregate settings such as long-term care, corrections, residential facilities, and shelters
  • Northern and remote and isolated communities
  • health care workers, first responders, and critical infrastructure workers
  • close contacts of cases
  • populations at risk due to health conditions (e.g. transplant recipients, clinician-initiated testing for those at risk of severe outcomes)
  • travellers
  • people who have been in close contact with a positive case, or may have been exposed to the virus in an outbreak

A select number of asymptomatic (‘without symptoms’) groups are also being offered testing on a voluntary basis to better understand COVID-19 transmission patterns in the province. The groups that are offered asymptomatic testing may change as the situation in Manitoba evolves and as we gain better understanding about COVID-19 transmission.

  • Only symptomatic individuals or those advised by public health should visit a COVID-19 testing site. If people without symptoms require a test for the purpose of travel, they should seek testing at a private facility