Getting a COVID-19 test

When to get tested

If you have flu-like symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, it is recommended that you do a COVID-19 rapid test.

Who can get tested at a local point of service

You can get tested at a local point of service if:

  • You are a healthcare and social services workers
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms and you may benefit from a COVID-19 treatment (such as PaxlovidTM)
  • A screening test is required by a healthcare worker before a surgery, a hospitalization or a medical treatment

Book your appointment to get tested

If you are concerned, you can also make an appointment at a local point of service by calling 1-877-644-4545 (Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Getting your test results

In general, the results of screening tests carried out in a local point of service are sent by e-mail. If you did not provide an e-mail address when you booked your appointment, you will receive your results by phone.

Laboratory test results are also available on the page Sampling of the Québec Health Booklet This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Contraindications to getting tested for COVID-19

In general, there are no contraindications. Some situations require a medical assessment before getting tested:

  • You have a nasal obstruction other than nasal congestion;
  • You are having a nosebleed now;
  • You had a nosebleed in the last week;
  • You have had surgery:
    • oral surgery in the last week;
    • nose surgery in the last month;
  • You are having an episode of wheezing.

Last update: September 18, 2023


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