Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
 

COVID-19 Testing



Manitoba's COVID-19 testing approach is based on current and evolving public health evidence.

As the situation has evolved, testing eligibility criteria have expanded to guide the province's response.

Manitoba's test strategy has been based on the following considerations:

  • those at risk for serious disease
  • the potential to transmit the virus within a setting
  • the potential to have serious impact on health care delivery and critical infrastructure
  • the risk of exposure and likelihood of testing positive

Presently, anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is eligible for testing. Only symptomatic individuals or those advised by public health should visit a COVID-19 testing site. Testing is also required for arriving and returning travellers whether or not they have symptoms. Note that international travellers should follow testing guidance outlined in the Federal Quarantine Act.

If people without symptoms require a test for the purpose of pre-travel, they should seek testing at a private facility. However, testing is recommended for travel to First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities in Manitoba.

Domestic travellers who are not exempt from quarantine in the orders should be tested for COVID-19 immediately upon arrival in Manitoba, regardless of if they are displaying symptoms, and whether they are visiting Manitoba or are returning from out of the province. They should make an appointment with a provincial testing site by calling 1-855-268-4318 or visit a drive-thru test site, and indicate at the time of testing that they have been out of the province and share the location of travel. Testing is also recommended 10 days after arrival in Manitoba, if the test performed immediately after arrival was negative and they have not had a positive test within the last three months. All travellers, unless exempt in the orders, must observe the full 14-day self-isolation (quarantine) period regardless of symptoms and test results. Re-testing is advised if an asymptomatic individual develops symptoms at any point, unless the individual had already tested positive.

International travellers must follow self-isolation (quarantine) and testing guidance outlined in the Federal Quarantine Act.

Public Health Guidance for Entry into First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities to reduce the risks of COVD-19 transmission

Data has shown that First Nations people experience severe outcomes from COVID-19 at higher rates and at younger ages compared to other Manitobans. To lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission, public health officials have developed a number of targeted testing recommendations.

Non-essential travel to and from First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities continues to be discouraged. However, public health officials recognize that some essential travel continues to take place.

Effective Friday, March 19th, 2021, public health officials strongly recommend that COVID-19 testing occur before travel to First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities, and before someone returns to a community if a resident has been away for more than 48 hours

Testing is not required for individuals with a previous lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past three months. Testing is recommended for individuals who have received one or two doses of vaccine. 

Individuals without symptoms travelling to, or returning to, a First Nations or Indigenous and Northern Relations community can seek testing within three days of travel at no cost at the following locations. For hours and appointment information, visit the COVID-19 testing site.

  • Winnipeg:
    • Garry Centre - 330 Garry St.
    • Thunderbird House - 715 Main St
    • MPI Drive-Thru Testing site - 125 King Edward St
  • Thompson:
    • Thompson Clinic Testing Centre - Plaza Mall
  • The Pas:
    • The Pas Testing Centre - 328 Fischer Ave

While public health is only recommending testing at this time, individuals should be familiar with testing and self-isolation (quarantine) requirements that may be in place in their destination community.

Individuals are encouraged to continue self-monitoring for symptoms, using the online screening tool, for 14 days after arriving in community.