In line with new provincial public health guidelines, in most cases, the PRHC COVID, Flu and Cold Clinic and PRHC’s Emergency Department:

  • Will not be doing PCR tests for healthy patients with mild symptoms.
  • Will not be doing PCR tests to confirm positive rapid antigen test results.

For more information about new provincial testing criteria, please visit:

On December 30, 2021, the province of Ontario announced revised COVID-19 testing criteria, focusing on specific patient groups who are at greatest risk of spreading or experiencing severe outcomes of COVID-19.


  • Members of the public who test positive on a rapid antigen test are presumed to have COVID-19 and should self-isolate; they do not need to confirm the result with PCR testing.

  • People who qualify for PCR testing include:

    • Symptomatic hospitalized patients or people seeking emergency care at the discretion of the treating clinician
    • Symptomatic patient-facing healthcare workers
    • Symptomatic staff in congregate settings
    • Admissions/transfers to hospitals or congregate settings
    • Symptomatic people who are unhoused/homeless
    • Contacts in a high-risk setting as part of outbreak management
    • Symptomatic elementary and secondary students and education staff who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school
    • Symptomatic/asymptomatic people who are from First Nation, Inuit, Metis communities or travelling into these communities
    • Other criteria based on health condition (hemodialysis, cancer, newborns, people scheduled for surgery) are detailed in the document


PCR testing for patient groups identified as eligible in the new provincial guidance.

Contact PRHC’s COVID, Cold and Flu Clinic directly by phone at 705-876-5086 to determine whether an appointment is required.

If you have moderate symptoms and need a medical assessment, call PRHC’S COVID, Cold and Flu Clinic at 705-876-5086. You may or may not be tested based on whether you meet the provincial eligibility criteria.

PRHC, in partnership with Lakeridge Health, is now offering specialized treatment  to eligible patients with COVID-19 in the Peterborough region.

The Therapeutic Treatment Clinic is located within PRHC’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre and is available by appointment only. The clinic provides access to treatment for adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at risk of progressing to serious illness. Patients will be referred from COVID-19 Assessment Centres and community providers, including primary care physicians.

Some treatments work best when given early. Paxlovid, for example, can only be prescribed during the first five days after symptoms start, and only after a positive COVID-19 test result. At this time, Paxlovid is also only available to people who meet specific criteria, including those who are at highest risk of severe disease or complications from COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 and have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of serious illness, please seek testing as soon as you can – even if you are vaccinated. If you are unsure, please call the COVID, Cold and Flu Clinic or your primary care provider for more information.

  • Monday to Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Weekends – 8:00 a.m. t0 noon

Contact: 705-876-5086

  • Monday to Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Weekends – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Contact: 705-876-5086

Additional testing locations

Click here to find your closest location to get a COVID‑19 test or clinical assessment.

Click here to find out what you need to know before, during and after a clinical assessment or test.

Some Pharmacy locations in Peterborough are offering PCR testing. Learn more about available locations in Ontario and Peterborough region.

Trent University Student Health Services is offering COVID-19 PCR testing to Trent students who meet testing requirements.

Students must call to book an appointment with health services if they require testing. Please visit the Health Services webpage for more information on testing criteria and booking an appointment.


If you have severe symptoms of COVID-19, call 911 or come to the Emergency Department. Alert the 911 dispatcher/entrance screener to your travel history and symptoms.

Additional Resources

There are several reasons to get tested for COVID-19, but did you know that each test is used differently?

Rapid Antigen Testing is used for enhanced screening.

This may include:

  • routine testing before going to work, or
  • entering high-risk settings

Peterborough Public Health is asking all residents to record their rapid antigen test results in this voluntary and confidential survey. In the event that testing and contact tracing capacity cannot keep up with cases, PPH will be using these survey results as a surveillance tool.

Residents will only be contacted if they test positive and wish to be contacted by Peterborough Public Health for follow up.

Rapid Antigen Testing Kits are being distributed through Ontario Health. Please review their website to find out when and where you can access free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests

PCR testing is used as a diagnostic tool. Seek testing if you meet the updated PCR testing eligibility.