Cough, Cold and COVID Assessment Centre

PLEASE NOTE: NHH's Cough, Cold and COVID Assessment Centre wound down its services on March 31, 2023. The Centre is now closed.

Alternate options for care

COVID numbers have dropped since the peak of the pandemic but the virus remains in circulation. Steps to minimize risk, including vaccination and masking when appropriate, continue to be recommended.

Members of the general public with mild symptoms of COVID-19 generally do not require PCR testing to confirm the diagnosis. Rapid antigen test (RAT) kits are available for personal use at no cost through select grocery stores and pharmacies.

Individuals seeking testing, assessment, and treatment options for COVID-19 or respiratory-focused illnesses will have several options, including their primary care provider, or participating pharmacies in Northumberland County and surrounding areas.

Individuals must meet Ontario COVID-10 PCR testing eligibility requirements to access testing at local pharmacies. Travel testing is not included. It is recommended to call the pharmacy ahead of time to arrange the test as service times may vary.

Pharmacists can now prescribe anti-viral treatment, Paxlovid, to eligible individuals in person or by phone at no cost. Eligible individuals should contact their local pharmacy to confirm if they prescribe Paxlovid, and how to get a prescription. Treatment must begin within 5 days of symptom onset. A positive RAT is sufficient to access Paxlovid, a positive PCR test is no longer required.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, including PCR and Rapid Antigen testing guidelines, vaccine clinics and eligibility, please visit the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit website.