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COVID-19 Testing Eligibility at Provincial Testing Sites

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About COVID-19 Testing

There are two types of tests for COVID-19 available to people: PCR tests and rapid antigen tests (RATs). Swabs for PCR tests are taken by a health care provider or at testing sites. PCR tests are more accurate, and have specific eligibility criteria. RATs can be done at home by people who have symptoms, and are widely available at no cost from retailers and other locations. RATs may also be done by a health care provider. If your health care provider determines that you should be tested, they will decide which test is right for you.

If you have symptoms and may be eligible for COVID-19 treatment, take a rapid antigen test as soon as possible. If it's positive, contact your health care provider or Health Links - Info SantÚ at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 to find out if treatment is right for you. More information on treatment is also available here.

If you test positive on either a PCR or a rapid antigen test, you need to consider yourself as having COVID-19 and should follow the isolation recommendations set out here.

Residents of First Nations communities or individuals planning to travel or return to First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities should check with the community regarding testing recommendations. More information is also available here.

Individuals with symptoms who do not have a medical reason for testing, but would like to know whether they have COVID-19, including for self-management reasons, can use self-administered RATs.

If you are looking for more guidance on your specific situation, visit the online COVID-19 Screening Tool.

PCR Testing

Your health care provider will determine whether a PCR test is needed based on your specific situation, which may include:

  • People with symptoms when knowing if they have COVID-19 is important for their medical care. This includes, but is not limited to people who are:
    • hospitalized, or
    • who may be eligible for COVID-19 treatment.
  • People with symptoms when knowing if they have COVID-19 is important for the ongoing surveillance of COVID-19 activity and variants in Manitoba. This may include people who:
    • are moderately or severely immunocompromised,
    • have traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, or
    • people who live in a congregate setting (e.g., personal care home or community residential home/facility) especially if there has been no known case in the facility or specific unit in last 14 days.
  • People admitted to a health care facility, including prior to a surgery.
  • People advised by public health officials, which might include investigating confirmed or suspected outbreaks in high-risk settings.

Pre-operative patients and eligible symptomatic people can access PCR testing through the following locations, or from their health care provider.

Location Hours of Operation

Dakota Medical Centre

17-845 Dakota St., Winnipeg

By appointment only.
Book by calling 204-254-2087 or visiting

Monday to Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Minor Illness and Injury Clinic

by Red River College Polytechnic
2055 Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg

Drive-thru only
By appointment only.
Book by visiting:

Monday to Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rapid Antigen Tests

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) should be used by people who have symptoms of COVID-19.

Most RATs available in Manitoba can be used for people aged 2 years and older. An adult should always do the test for children. Youth can use RATs on their own, but adult supervision is recommended. See the instructions provided with the test for any safety instructions to follow if using the test on a child.

For more information on rapid tests and where to find them, visit: Rapid Antigen Testing.