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Symptoms of COVID-19

Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known infectious period for this disease. Evidence suggests the virus may be transmitted from infected individuals who have not yet developed symptoms (pre-symptomatic) or those who remain symptom-free for the duration of the infection (asymptomatic).

Symptoms have included:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • pneumonia in both lungs


If you think you have 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care.

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre’s in Windsor-Essex

There are two COVID-19 assessment centres in the region of Windsor-Essex. There is an assessment centre located in the City of Windsor and the town of Leamington.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre-City of Windsor

Windsor’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located at the Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus with its entrance off Goyeau Street (located to the left of the Emergency Department entrance). Please note there is NO access from the main hospital into the Assessment Centre. All access is from the entrance off Goyeau Street.

There will be no medication or treatment onsite at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre.

Monday to Friday - 8 am to 7 pm
Saturdays and Sundays - 9 am to 4 pm

Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus
1030 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor
Entrance from Goyeau Street, to the left of the Emergency Department

COVID-19 Assessment Centre: Town of Leamington

Essex County’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located at Erie Shores HealthCare (ESHC) at the ambulatory clinic off Fader Street in a segregated area next to the ESHC emergency department. Please note, there will be NO access into the main hospital from this entrance and NO access to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre directly from the main hospital.  The only point of access is from the entrance off Fader Street.

There will be no medication or treatment onsite at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre.

Every day (Monday to Sunday)
8AM to 6PM - Please note 8am to 9am is designated for surgery patients to get swabbed. 

Erie Shores HealthCare
194 Talbot Street West, Leamington
Entrance from Fader Street, segregated area next to the Emergency Department

Prioritized Groups for COVID-19 Testing

The following groups are currently prioritized for testing at both the Windsor & Essex County COVID-19 Assessment Centres, based on a Directive from the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, Dr. David Williams:

  • Symptomatic healthcare workers and staff who work in healthcare facilities
  • Symptomatic residents and staff in long-term care facilities and retirement homes
  • Asymptomatic new admissions or re-admissions to long-term care or retirement home
  • Hospitalized patients admitted with respiratory symptoms (new or exacerbated)
  • Symptomatic members of remote, isolated, rural and/ or Indigenous communities
  • Symptomatic travellers identified at a point of entry to Canada
  • Symptomatic community/ ambulatory people with medical co-morbidities
  • Symptomatic community/ ambulatory people working in an essential industry with the inability to isolate, such as migrant workers
  • Symptomatic healthcare workers, caregivers (i.e., volunteers, family members of residents in an institutional setting), care providers (e.g., employees, privately-hired support workers) and first responders 

Before going to either assessment centre, people who are concerned about potential exposure are asked to continue with the existing protocol of first calling their primary care providers, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit 519-258-2146 [2] ext 1420 or Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 [3] (24 hours, 7 days a week).

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will follow up with all individuals who have been tested for COVID-19 as soon as results are received, either positive or negative.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19?

To identify if you should be tested or are unsure if you should be tested for COVID-19 complete the online self-assessment tool for Ontario. This will help you determine if you need to be tested and what your next steps should be.

If I go to the Assessment Centre, am I guaranteed to get tested?

No. Only individuals who meet certain criteria will be tested for COVID-19.

At the Centre, a clinical team will do a health assessment and an examination to determine if you meet the clinical case definition for testing. If you do, the test will be administered. The test is similar to that of other respiratory illnesses and involves taking a sample from the back of the nasal cavity with a swab.

Following the test, patients will need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

If you are unsure if you should attend an Assessment Centre, please refer to the Self-Assessment steps, call your primary healthcare provider, or the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (519-258-2146 ext. 1420).

How do I know if I have been in contact with someone that has COVID-19 and should be tested?

The WECHU will contact all individuals identified as a close contact to someone who is confirmed with COVID-19 to provide guidance and further instructions.

I have been tested for COVID-19 when will I get my test results?

COVID-19 is confirmed through laboratory test. There is currently a delay in these results and they can take up to a week or more. The WECHU will notify individuals who have a positive result. Individuals seeking results should first check on line. If they are unable to access their results online they should contact the provider that administered the test (i.e. primary care provider, COVID-19 assessment centre).

Should I be self-isolating?

All individuals who have recently returned from non-essential travel (last 14 days) outside of Canada are required to self-isolate under the Quarantine Act. Individuals that have been tested for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate. Individuals who are experiencing any symptoms of respiratory illness should self-isolate and contact their healthcare provider for further details.

Self-isolation is for 14 days. For more information about self-isolation see here.


For a list of local health care providers and the types of service they continue to offer visit the Essex County Medical Society Website.

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Monday, July 13, 2020 - 8:25am