[Updated Thursday, June 23 – this information is subject to change; please check back frequently for updates]




What can I do to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 and other illnesses?
Hand cleaning continues to be the single most important thing we can all do to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. Clean your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

You should wash your hands:

  • When entering or leaving the hospital and clinical areas
  • Before eating or drinking
  • After using the washroom
  • If your hands become visibly dirty

To minimize the risk of spreading illness to others, you should cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the garbage and clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue handy, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or arm. Stay home when you are sick. Avoid visiting those who may be more vulnerable to infections, including those in hospital as well as retirement and long-term-care homes, until you are feeling better.

Social distancing is also strongly recommended to avoid spreading COVID-19. This means avoiding crowds and gatherings and keeping a distance of two metres between yourself and others when in public areas.

What should I do if I think I have symptoms of COVID-19?
If you suspect you might have COVID-19, contact PRHC’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre directly by phone at 705-876-5086 to determine whether an appointment is required.

If your symptoms are severe, come to the Emergency Department or call 911 and alert the screener/dispatcher to your travel history and symptoms.


Peterborough Public Health: 705-743-1000 x. 401
If your inquiry is not urgent, email covid19@peterboroughpublichealth.ca

If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and provide your travel history and symptoms.

Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000 (staffed 24/7)


April 10, 2021: Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) to ramp down non-urgent care in response to provincial critical care surge

February 23, 2021: Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) receives first shipment of 5,850 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

February 3, 2021: A message of support and thanks from PRHC’s Board of Directors

January 26, 2021: Peterborough Regional Health Centre moves to more restrictive visiting policy

January 25, 2021: Peterborough Region Receives its First Supply of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

January 6, 2021: PRHC statement regarding patient transfers from other areas across the province

November 13, 2020: COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Peterborough Regional Health Centre expanding to increase capacity, support Emergency Department volumes

October 22, 2020: Peterborough’s Eastgate Memorial Park COVID-19 testing site relocating to Northcrest Arena on Monday, October 26

October 8, 2020: Online appointment booking now available for Eastgate Memorial Park COVID-19 testing site

September 17, 2020: Peterborough’s drive-through COVID-19 testing site relocating to Eastgate Memorial Park on Monday, September 21

September 10, 2020: Peterborough’s drive-through COVID-19 testing centre first in Ontario to use handheld devices for lab automation

July 20, 2020: Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) eases temporary family presence/visiting restrictions during COVID-19 pandemic

June 19, 2020: Healthcare providers in Peterborough urge patients to wear non-medical masks for in-person medical appointments

May 29, 2020: Five regional hospital partners approved to begin ramping up non-urgent care

April 24, 2020: PRHC continues to stand ready as COVID-19 pandemic evolves across Ontario

April 22, 2020: Outbreak of COVID-19 on PRHC inpatient unit declared over

April 21, 2020: PRHC providing support for community partners through COVID-19 Mobile Assessment+ Response Team

April 16, 2020: COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Peterborough Regional Health Centre ramps up testing

April 15, 2020: City of Peterborough & PRHC partner to ensure all essential services have access to necessary PPE

April 4, 2020: PRHC calls on community for support with 1000 Mask Challenge

April 1, 2020: Peterborough Regional Health Centre prepares for COVID-19 pandemic

March 31, 2020: COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) now available by calling directly

March 25, 2020: Peterborough Regional Health Centre and PRHC Foundation grateful for community support during COVID-19 pandemic

March 23, 2020: Main entrance at PRHC now reopened with touch-free sliding doors

March 19, 2020: Temporary changes to family presence/visitor policy at PRHC

March 17, 2020: COVID-19 Assessment Centre open at Peterborough Regional Health Centre 

March 16, 2020: New screening and access measures take effect at PRHC today

March 15, 2020: First case of COVID-19 reported by Peterborough Public Health

March 13, 2020: Health partners in Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Peterborough collaborating to protect patients, visitors, healthcare professionals, staff and volunteers

March 11, 2020: COVID-29 Update: Help us protect you

January 28, 2020: Coronavirus and You: How to stay safe and remain calm