Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
 

COVID-19 Testing Eligibility at Provincial Testing Sites


Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is eligible for testing. Only symptomatic individuals or those advised by public health should visit a COVID-19 provincial testing site.


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Rapid Antigen Testing Eligibility

At this time, the following individuals are eligible for rapid antigen testing (RAT) at a provincial testing site:

  • individuals age five and older with symptoms of COVID-19
  • asymptomatic household close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and who are exempt from self-isolation (quarantine)
  • those advised by public health officials

For more information on rapid antigen testing process, visit: Rapid Antigen Testing.


NOTE: If your RAT result is positive, you need to consider yourself as having COVID-19. Isolate based on timelines available here and notify your close contacts.

Treatment for COVID-19 is now available for people at higher risk of severe disease. If you have a positive RAT, please visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/treatment/index.html for more information and to find out if you are eligible. Or, you can call Health Links - Info SantÚ at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257.




PCR Testing Eligibility

At this time, only the following individuals are eligible for PCR testing:

  • symptomatic people who fall into one of the following groups:
    • hospitalized patients
    • patients seeing a physician if the physician determines that a PCR COVID-19 test is important for medical management
    • children or others who are unable to do a self-test and/or at home test
    • people with an immune system moderately to severely weakened by disease or medical treatment
    • people who may be eligible for COVID-19 treatment and determined by a prescribing clinician to require a PCR test
    • people experiencing homelessness or are under-housed
    • people who have traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
  • people who tested positive on a rapid antigen test and are
    • health care workers who provide direct patient care and first responders
    • staff who have direct contact with patients, residents, and clients in hospitals and congregate living settings/residential care facilities (including personal care homes, assisted living, group homes, shelters and correctional institutions)
    • asymptomatic designated persons as described in the Orders Requiring Vaccination or Testing for Designated Persons
    • designated family caregivers of a personal care home (PCH) resident
    • symptomatic residents in congregate living settings/residential care facilities if there has been no known case in the facility or specific unit in last 14 days
    • people who may be eligible for COVID-19 treatment and determined by a prescribing clinician to require a PCR test
    • elementary and secondary students, and children in childcare facilities
    • education and childcare staff (continued access at Fast Pass sites)
  • people admitted or transferred to or from hospital or PCHs
  • people having surgery
  • high-risk contacts and asymptomatic/symptomatic people as part of initial investigation in the context of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in high-risk settings, including hospitals, congregate living settings/residential care facilities as directed by public health;
  • people advised by public health officials;
  • residents of First Nation communities; and
  • before travel to or return to First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities.

NOTE: members of the public not covered in one of these categories, but have tested positive using a rapid antigen test, do NOT need a confirmation PCR test. 

Treatment for COVID-19 is now available for people at higher risk of severe disease. If you have a positive RAT or PCR test please visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/treatment/index.html for more information and to find out if you are eligible or call Health Links - Info SantÚ at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257.




Not Eligible

At this time, the following groups are not eligible for testing at a provincial testing site:

  • asymptomatic domestic travelers after arrival / return to Manitoba
  • asymptomatic non-household close contacts
  • asymptomatic household close contacts who are required to self-isolate (quarantine)
  • anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 but has completed their isolation period and no longer has symptoms