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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. It is currently unknown if the virus can be transmitted to others if symptoms are not present. While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered to be rare.

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.

Windsor’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre

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.

Every day (Monday to Sunday)
9AM to 4PM

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

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 all individuals with the results of their tests if they are negative or positive.

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.

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Monday, March 30, 2020 - 8:32am