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UPDATED Last updated: August 28, 2020

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. This includes the following groups who were identified as priority groups for testing earlier in the pandemic:

  • hospitalized inpatients
  • congregate settings such as long-term care, corrections, residential facilities, and shelters
  • Northern and remote and isolated communities
  • health care workers, first responders, and critical infrastructure workers
  • close contacts of cases
  • populations at risk due to health conditions (e.g. transplant recipients, clinician-initiated testing for those at risk of severe outcomes)
  • travellers
  • people who have been in close contact with a positive case, or may have been exposed to the virus in an outbreak

A select number of asymptomatic (‘without symptoms’) groups are also being offered testing on a voluntary basis to better understand COVID-19 transmission patterns in the province. The groups that are offered asymptomatic testing may change as the situation in Manitoba evolves and as we gain better understanding about COVID-19 transmission.




Why do I need to get tested?

Understanding the patterns and trends of COVID-19 transmission is an important part of Manitoba’s reopening strategy. Information about how COVID-19 is spreading will give public health officials the data they need to gradually ease public health restrictions and make changes to other elements of the province’s COVID-19 response.

As Manitoba continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, your testing results are critical to help guide public health actions including rapidly finding cases, case isolation, and follow-up. Timely action will limit the effects of COVID-19 and help manage the province’s overall response.




When should I get tested?

Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. You should still be tested even if your symptoms are very mild or if they start to improve after 24 hours. It is important to get tested as soon as symptoms appear, as tracing and isolating contacts in a timely manner is important to limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, you should isolate and use the online screening tool or Call Health Links - Info Santé for further information on isolation and to see if you should be tested. Isolation means staying home and keeping away from others, including household members if possible. You should continue isolating for 10 days from the day symptoms started and until you no longer have a fever and the other symptoms are gone. If you get tested for COVID-19 and your test results are negative, you will be required to continue home isolation until you are symptom-free for 24 hours (but if you have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with a case or travel, you will need to continue isolating for the full 14 days from last exposure).

If your symptoms worsen (e.g., shortness of breath, breathing difficulties), or if you have questions or concerns, please call Health Links - Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257.


COVID-19 Symptoms - If you have one symptom listed in column A, OR two or more symptoms listed in column B, you should immediately isolate yourself and contact Health Links - Info Santé for further instructions, including where to go for testing and/or assessment.

A B
Fever/Chills Runny nose
Cough Muscle aches
Sore throat/hoarse voice Fatigue
Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
Loss of taste or smell Headache
Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours Skin rash of unknown cause
  Poor feeding if an infant
  Nausea or loss of appetite




Who can get tested?

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 can now be tested. Individuals experiencing symptoms do not require a referral from Health Links - Info Santé or their family physician to be tested for COVID-19 at a community testing site.

Individuals are encouraged to use the self-assessment tool to be certain they meet the necessary testing criteria before going to a community testing site. If you have symptoms that are not typical of COVID-19, but are worried, please speak with your health care provider or call Health Links - Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257.

Manitoba has developed several options for testing, including introducing voluntary asymptomatic testing for clients in a number of health-care settings and for truck drivers travelling outside of Manitoba to further monitor the presence of COVID-19 in the province. Manitobans who present for non-COVID-19 related care may be offered the testing as part of sentinel surveillance.




Where can I get tested?


UPDATED Last updated: September 21, 2020


Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Location Hours of Operation
MPI Drive-Thru Community Testing Site
1284 Main St.
Daily 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The need for extended weekend hours will be determined on a week by week basis.
Thunderbird House
715 Main St.
Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
2735 Pembina Hwy. Daily 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
604 St. Mary's Rd Daily 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Prairie Mountain Health

Location Hours of Operation
Dauphin - Drive-Thru Community Testing Site
Dauphin Community Health Services Building Parking Lot, 625 Third St. SW. 
Monday to Friday 09:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Swan River - Drive-Thru Community Testing Site
Swan Valley Primary Care Centre Parking Lot, 1000 Main Street
Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Brandon - Drive-Thru Community Testing Site
Brandon Town Centre Parkade enter off of 8th Street and Princess Ave.
Monday to Thursday 8:45 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 8:45 AM to 3:15 PM
Sunday 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM
Camperville Primary Health Care Center
Camperville, MB
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Waterhen Primary Health Care Centre
Waterhen MB
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority

* please note that appointment are not required for testing in the Interlake-Eastern area.

Location Hours of Operation
Selkirk - Drive-Thru Community Testing Site
622 Superior Avenue
Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Eriksdale - Drive-Thru Community Testing Site
Eriksdale Wellness Centre, 35 Railway Ave.
Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Powerview-Pine Falls
Pine Falls Health Complex, 37 Maple St., Pine-Falls
Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Southern Health-Santé Sud

Location Hours of Operation
Winkler - Community Testing Site
Southland Mall, R10-777 Norquay Drive
Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
By appointment only
(204) 325-5322
Steinbach - Drive-Thru Community Testing Site
365 Reimer Ave
Monday to Saturday 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM
By Appointment Only
(204) 346-7016
Portage la Prairie - Community Testing Site
Portage Ave. and 5th St. SE
Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
By Appointment Only
1-833-701-0445


Northern Regional Health Authority

Location Hours of Operation
Flin Flon
Flin Flon General Hospital (Main Entrance)
Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - closed 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The Pas
328 Fischer Avenue
Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - closed 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Thompson - Thompson Clinic
Plaza Mall
Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - closed 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


Note:

  • Decisions related to testing for COVID-19 are NOT based on client and/or employer requests. Testing advice and recommendations may change as the outbreak continues to evolve. 
  • Testing for COVID-19 is still not recommended for Manitobans who do not have symptoms associated with the virus. People without symptoms should not seek out testing at this time.
  • Those who require assessment and/or testing after hours, will still be directed by Health Links - Info Santé to urgent care sites and emergency departments.

Map Locations

UPDATED Last updated: August 14, 2020




How can I find my results?

To obtain your results online, visit sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/test-results. You will need to provide information from your Manitoba Health Registration Card to verify your identity.

Results by phone

Negative COVID-19 results are also available by phone seven days a week between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Call the Public Health COVID-19 Contact Centre 1-844-960-1984. You will be asked to provide information from your Manitoba Health Registration Card to verify your identity.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are contacted directly by Public Health. Health-care workers who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by Occupational Health.