COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing & Reducing Your Risk

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild — like the flu and other common respiratory infections — to severe. Visit the Province's COVID-19 website for a list of symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms

  • Stay home and self-isolate.
  • Take the Government of Ontario’s online self-assessment
  • For further guidance, call the HKPR District Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 x 5020 or email
  • Book an appointment at a COVID-19 testing centre.
  • Call 911 if it is an emergency.

Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Northumberland

NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre
Northumberland Hills Hospital, 1000 DePalma Drive, Cobourg
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
By appointment only. Call 905-377-7783

Canton COVID-19 Testing Centre
Port Hope Community Hub, 5325 County Road 10
Open Mondays and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
By appointment only. Call 905-377-7783

Trent Hills COVID-19 Testing Centre
Campbellford Memorial Hospital, 146 Oliver Road, Campbellford
Open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
By appointment only. Call 705-395-1801

COVID-19 testing is also available through local hospital Emergency Departments, on an emergency basis. Do not wait to seek medical attention, if needed.

When to get tested

Get tested if you:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus.
  • Have been involved in an outbreak setting.
  • Have had a health care provider tell you to be tested.
  • Are eligible for testing as part of a targeted Ministry of Health testing initiative.
  • Live or work in a setting considered at-risk, such as a long-term care home or community shelter.
  • Will be visiting a long-term care home.

Tips for remaining healthy

Taking precautionary measures is the best way to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available). 
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or arm.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Maintain physical distancing - keep a minimum distance of two metres (six feet) from other people outside of your household, wherever possible.
  • Wear a non-medical face mask or face covering as directed, especially when physical distancing may be a challenge. Face masks or coverings minimize the spread of infection when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Stay home and self-isolate if you are sick.

Stay informed

Residents are encouraged to stay informed by regularly reviewing credible sources of information.