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Huron & Perth Residents Reminded Appointments Needed for COVID-19 Testing
Release date: June 3, 2020
Updated: July 9, 2020

With the expanded testing guidelines for COVID-19, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) would like to remind residents of Huron and Perth that appointments for testing must be made.

Testing for COVID-19 is available at three sites of the HPHA (Clinton Public Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and Stratford General Hospital) and while anyone is able to be tested, it is recommended that you seek testing if:

  • You have at least one symptom of COVID-19, even mild symptoms.
  • You are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID-19. This includes people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case.
  • You are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through your employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plants).

Residents of Huron and Perth are encouraged to continue to use the Virtual Assessment Model that has been created which involves completing the province’s online assessment and if indicated, calling their family doctor to be assessed and sent for testing. Those without a family doctor, can call Huron Perth Public Health at 1-888-221-2133 ext. 3267. Those who are candidates for testing will be referred to HPHA’s Assessment Centres.

“By making an appointment for COVID-19 testing, this will allow our staff to prepare and help in reducing wait times,” says Andrew Williams, President & CEO.

An increase in testing volumes has resulted in testing at HPHA’s Stratford General Hospital to move to a drive-through model effective June 4, 2020. This will take place at the West Building Outpatient Clinic Entrance (under the canopy) off West Gore St. Those who do not have access to a vehicle will also be accommodated.

Residents that are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are sent for testing, will be told to self-isolate at home. Any close contacts who were in contact with the symptomatic individual in the 48 hours before symptoms started will also be told to isolate and to contact Huron Perth Public Health if they develop any symptoms. Those who are not sick, but are being tested as a close contact of a confirmed case, will be directed to self-isolate for 14 days to ensure they do not develop symptoms.

Those who are not sick, and are being tested for reasons other than being a close contact of a confirmed case, will self-monitor for symptoms and be asked to avoid public spaces and places where they cannot easily separate themselves from others if they become ill. If symptoms develop, they should self-isolate immediately and contact Huron Perth Public Health and their family doctor.

“Testing is an important part of an overall strategy to detect and stop the spread of COVID-19,” adds Williams. “Public health measures are also a vital part of this strategy. Please continue to maintain physical distance, wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick.”

HPHA COVID-19 Assessment Centre Locations and Hours of Operation

Assessment Centre Location Assessment Centre
Hours of Operation
Contact Information 
Clinton Public Hospital -
Emergency Department
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
519-482-3440 ext. 6240
Seaforth Community Hospital -
Emergency Department
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
519-527-1650 ext. 4268
Stratford General Hospital -
Drive-through –
West Building Outpatient Clinic
(under canopy) off West Gore St. 
Monday to Friday
10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Booking Office
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
519-272-8210 ext. 2747

Residents sent for COVID-19 testing at Stratford General Hospital will have their swabs completed at a drive-through COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the West Building Outpatient Clinic Entrance (under the canopy) off West Gore St instead of the Emergency Department starting on June 4, 2020.