Coronavirus disease, COVID-19
Symptoms, self-assessment, and self-isolation
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (Government of Ontario), assume that you may have the virus. Please complete the Government of Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment for a recommendation on what to do next which may include staying home and self-isolating.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, using either a PCR or a rapid antigen test, self-isolate and visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website for next steps.
Parents, children, and staff should answer the questions in the COVID-19 school and child care screening tool (Government of Ontario) daily before going to school or child care. You will get a recommendation on what to do next.
If you were exposed to the virus, or are a household contact, follow additional precautions (Government of Ontario) to protect yourself and others.
COVID-19 vaccine information and booking
Visit our vaccination clinics for COVID-19 for information on local clinic dates, times, and locations, as well as important information on vaccines and eligibility.
COVID-19 data and current status
Visit our current status (COVID-19) page for information on vaccine, testing, and COVID-19 case data including hospitalization rates, and for information on outbreaks and the COVID-19 Risk Index and Respiratory Activity Report. You can also download our weekly detailed COVID-19 epidemiology summary and detailed COVID-19 vaccination reports on Wednesdays.
Reports and infographics (COVID-19)
Public Health Sudbury & Districts has prepared reports and infographics which highlight our role as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To be COVID-safe means to assess your actions, think things through, and take deliberate precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn how our behaviour can help reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19
What’s on this page
- How COVID-19 spreads
- Symptoms of COVID-19
- Testing for COVID-19
- COVID-19 vaccination and treatment
- Personal preparedness
- Do you have questions?
How COVID-19 spreads
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace, or health care centre.
Watch this video from the World Health Organization to learn more.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Complications from COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death.
For a complete list of COVID-19 symptoms, visit the Ministry of Health website.
The COVID-19 self-assessment tool
Take the COVID-19 self-assessment (Government of Ontario) if you have symptoms of COVID-19 to learn what to do next.
Testing for COVID-19
Currently, there are two types of tests—rapid antigen test (RAT) and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test—that can detect the COVID-19 virus in your body at the time of testing. A positive result may not be detected If you have been exposed and are in the early days of incubating the virus. It is strongly recommended to maintain personal protective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce the risk of serious illness from infection.
Rapid antigen tests
Free rapid antigen tests are available for the general public for at-home use (Government of Ontario) and are available at participating pharmacies and grocery stores (Government of Ontario), as well as through select community partners in vulnerable communities.
A rapid antigen test will provide a result within 15 minutes following the use of the test. If you have COVID‑19 symptoms and use a rapid antigen test it is possible to receive a false negative result (that is, testing negative but still being infected), particularly early in COVID‑19 infection. If you repeat testing at least 24–48 hours after your first negative test and test negative again, you can be more confident in your negative status. Rapid antigen test results do not need to be reported to Public Health.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing is prioritized based on clinical and public health needs. PCR testing is available for high-risk individuals, and individuals who work in high-risk settings. Learn who is eligible for PCR testing (Government of Ontario) and where to get tested for COVID-19 in Sudbury and districts.
COVID-19 assessment centres
Important: These centres are for eligible individuals who qualify for PCR testing.
- Appointments are required. Walk-ins will not be seen.
- DO NOT present yourself at an emergency department or health care provider’s office for testing.
- Drive-through or mobile testing options may be provided.
Check with your nearest assessment centre for more information and follow these instructions:
Please visit assessment centre online information to book an appointment (see links below):
- Health Sciences North (HSN)
- Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC)
- Espanola and Areas Communities Assessment Centre
- Chapleau Assessment Centre
How can you find out your test results?
You will be able to access your COVID-19 PCR test results through a secure online portal (Ministry of Health).
COVID-19 vaccination and treatment
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. It is strongly recommended you stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including all recommended booster doses (if eligible), to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our communities from COVID-19. Learn more on COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination opportunity and check out our frequently asked questions.
Antiviral treatments are now available in Ontario, by prescription, to people with COVID-19 who are at higher risk (Government of Ontario) of developing severe symptoms.
Visit ontario.ca to learn more about COVID-19 antiviral treatments (Government of Ontario), who is eligible, and how to get treatment.
A health care provider may determine if an antiviral treatment is right for you, even if you do not belong to one of the groups who are eligible, based on your individual circumstances. Use the COVID-19 antiviral treatment screener tool (Government of Ontario) to determine if you are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 and may benefit from these treatments.
Antiviral treatment is not a replacement for vaccination.
Make a plan
- Create a plan based on your needs and daily routines, including having other options for child, elder, and pet care. Consider the following when creating your plan: know how long you will need to self-isolate if you are ill.
- Build on your emergency preparedness plan(Government of Canada).
- Talk to your neighbours, friends, or family about a buddy system in which you agree to check in on each other and run essential errands if you become sick or need to self-isolate.
- Make plans for your children or other dependents in case you get sick.
- Identify agencies that may be able to offer help, whether for food, mental health support, or other supplies.
- Create an emergency contact list, for example, information of health care provider, friends, family, and community services.
- Ensure you have enough prescriptions and over-the-counter medication.
Do you have questions about COVID-19?
We continue to be here for you. For general or personal health-related questions about COVID-19, use our COVID-19 information request form to submit your information and Public Health staff will call you.
Or you may call:
- Public Health Sudbury & Districts COVID-19 Information Line at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200), Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Provincial Testing and Isolation Information Line at 1.888.777.0730, Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Health811 can be reached by calling 811 (TTY 1.866.797.0007) or visiting ontario.ca/Health811. Be sure to mention your symptoms and your travel history, including the countries you visited.
The following are additional credible sources of information.
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Ontario Ministry of Health
- Public Health Ontario
- World Health Organization
This item was last modified on February 28, 2023