If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, visit our Individuals with Symptoms, Positive Cases, and Close Contacts webpage for next steps.
The Government of Canada’s website provides information on how to care for a child who has COVID-19.
For medical or health advice, contact your health care provider or Health Connect Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
If a child is having difficulty breathing or develops severe symptoms, call 9-1-1.
- When calling an ambulance, tell the dispatcher that the child has/may have COVID-19. If a child is going to the hospital in a private vehicle, call ahead and let the hospital know they have/may have COVID-19.
- PCR testing is available only to individuals who meet specific criteria outlined by the Ministry of Health.
- Find a participating pharmacy or grocery location to pick up a free COVID-19 rapid antigen test kit for at-home use.
Instructions for how to use a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) are provided with the test itself; however, the following instructional videos provide clear visual demonstrations on how to perform a RAT.
- How to test your child Rapid Response™ video (English)
- Rapid antigen testing for asymptomatic students video
- Tests antigéniques rapides pour les élèves asymptomatiques vidéo
Visit the links below for further direction related to the specific test you are using:
Vaccine Information for Children, Youth and Caregivers
Information, booking, and ways to ease anxiety about getting a vaccine.
It is always important to continue to follow public health advice:
- Stay home and do not go to work or school if you are sick.
- Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations.
- Wear a well-fitted medical or non-medical mask in public settings.
- Maintain a 2 metre distance from others in public settings.
- Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover mouth & nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Maintain good ventilation in indoor spaces.
The Paediatric Emergency Diversion Service is available at the Met Campus of Windsor Regional Hospital starting September 8 and will be operational Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Masking tips for children that are sensitive to touch:
- Use a soft fabric mask
- Find a mask that ties around the head, or use a clip to tie the ear loops behind the head