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Access COVID-19 Test Results

If you have been tested for COVID-19, you can check your lab results online through the Ministry of Health Portal. 

Click here to access test results

Before reviewing your results, please review the following information:

Your result is NEGATIVE, and you:

Had an exposure to COVID-19

Self-isolate for 14 days from your last exposure, regardless of test result.

Have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days

Self-isolate for 14 days after your return to Canada, regardless of test result.

Have not had an exposure to COVID-19 AND are ill

Self-isolate until your symptoms have improved for 24 hours.

Have not had an exposure to COVID-19 AND are well

Continue physical distancing. If you develop symptoms self-isolate right away.

Your result is POSITIVE, and you:

Have symptoms

Self-isolate for 10 days following the day your symptoms started. The Health Unit will provide further instructions.

Do not have symptoms

Self-isolate for 10 days following the day you were tested. The Health Unit will provide further instructions.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 and have not been contacted by public health, please call the Middlesex-London Health Unit at 519-663-5317.

For further details, review Public Health Ontario's You were tested for COVID-19: What you should know (PDF).

Further instructions for how to self-isolate or quarantine can be found here.


What should you do while you wait for the test results?

While you wait for your test results, continue to do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Here’s a few things to think about.

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Self-isolate until you receive your test result; this means staying at home, away from other members of your household. 

All other members of your household must quarantine while you await your test results; this means not going outside, unless using a private balcony or enclosed yard where you can avoid contact with others, not attending work, school or childcare, and not having visitors into the home.

Write down the following to help public health staff identify your close contacts:

  • All the places you have been in the last 14 days
  • The names of everyone you have been in close contact with (no mask, less than 2 metres/6 feet and for longer than 15 minutes) starting 48 hours before your symptoms began
Notify your contacts that you have gone for a COVID-19 test and suggest that they quarantine until your test results are known (this means not attending work, school, or childcare). If any of your contacts develop symptoms they should go get a COVID-19 test right away.

If your test is negative, stay isolated until your symptoms have improved for 24 hours; after this time, you can resume normal activities, such as work or school. If you develop new or worsening symptoms, return for another test.

  • Other household members may return to their normal activities and monitor themselves for symptoms.
  • If you are a close contact of a COVID-19 case, see below  

If your test comes back positive:

If your test comes back positive, self-isolate immediately.

Expect a phone call from the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU). MLHU will call and help you continue to self-isolate, answer questions you may have and begin the process of identifying your close contacts. Try to make a list of your close contacts before someone from the Health Unit calls you.
If you use the COVID Alert app, update your status to indicate that you have tested positive for the virus.
Notify your close contacts that you have tested positive for the virus and that they should self-isolate immediate.

If you have been notified by MLHU that you are a close contact of a COVID-19 case:

You must stay in quarantine away from other members of your household for 14 days regardless of your test result. If your test is negative and you develop new or worsening symptoms, return for another test.

If you have symptoms, your household members must quarantine while you await your test result (this means not attending work, school, childcare, getting groceries, etc.)
If you are well and have no symptoms, you still need to self-isolate away from other members of your household for the duration of your quarantine period. Everyone in your household must stay home except for essential reasons (work, school, childcare, groceries, medical appointments, or picking up prescriptions), until your quarantine period is over.
If you are unable to quarantine away from your household members, they must quarantine with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get the results from my COVID-19 test?

If you were tested at one of London's COVID-19 Assessment Centres, your specimen is sent to the lab at London Health Sciences Centre for processing and analysis. Once the result is available it is posted on the Ministry of Health's online portal. MLHU only receives copies of positive test results. Negative test results can take up to 4 days to be reported and they are first reported on the Ministry of Health's portal.  MLHU cannot guarantee when your results will be available.


What should I do if my results are not available on the Ministry of Health's portal?

Results can take up to 4 days to be posted on the portal. If your results are not found on the portal, the result has not been provided to MLHU.

If you are unable to access your results on the portal after 4 days AND you were tested at one of London's COVID-19 Assessment Centres you may contact MLHU at 519-663-5317 Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m..

If you were NOT tested at one of London's COVID-19 Assessment Centres please DO NOT call MLHU as we will NOT have your results. You must contact the location where you were tested.

If you do not have a valid Ontario Health Card and/or do not have access to the internet AND you were tested at one of London's COVID-19 Assessment Centres you may contact MLHU at 519-663-5317 Monday to Friday between 8:30a.m.-4:30 p.m. for your test results once 4 days have passed since your test.


How do I get a copy of my test results?

Copies of results must be requested. To request a copy, call MLHU at 519-663-5317 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.. There is no guarantee that MLHU will be able to send your result by a certain date. Please make other arrangements with the person/agency needing a paper copy. Verbal results will be provided if available.

 
Date of creation: April 4, 2020
Last modified on: April 16, 2021