To support the return to in-person learning and the ongoing healthy operation of schools, Grand Erie District School Board has partnered with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health to offer Grand Erie staff voluntary asymptomatic testing at select pharmacies that currently offer specimen collection for COVID-19.
In addition to daily screening, masking, and other health and safety measures, the Ministry of Education believes targeted testing in schools is an important layer of protection that helps to limit the spread of COVID-19. Targeted testing will help ensure that schools remain a safe environment for all to learn and work in.
As of today, all Grand Erie staff members who work or live within Grand Erie’s boundaries are eligible to receive asymptomatic COVID-19 testing (see locations and contact information below). Voluntary asymptomatic testing may also be available at participating pharmacies closer to your home.
You can get a COVID-19 test at a participating pharmacy if you do not have symptoms. You will be asked to provide the name of your school or work location. Staff with symptoms, or who have had an exposure or are a contact of a confirmed case, should continue to seek testing through the assessment centres in their community as per health unit direction.
Local Pharmacy Locations and Contact Information
Shoppers Drug Mart
320 Colborne Street West
Shoppers Drug Mart
185 King George Road, Unit 1
Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
55 Argyle Street North
140 Broad Street East
905-381-4420 (contact Hamilton location to schedule)
Pharmasave Health Centre
30 Main Street North
Items to bring with you
At the Testing Location
Follow public health measures, including:
Getting Your Test Results
On average, most results are ready 48 hours after your test. This is not guaranteed and results could take longer.
Depending on the testing location, you may be able to get your result:
The testing location will give you instructions that are specific to your situation.
While You Wait for Your Test Results
Testing Negative or Positive
If you were exposed to a COVID-19 positive person and test negative
A critical reminder that ALL Grand Erie staff are required to complete AND verify their COVID-19 Screening each day before entering a school or board facility.
At any time, if symptoms consistent with COVID-19 develop, please contact your health care provider. Anyone concerned that they may have developed or been exposed to COVID-19 should immediately contact their health care provider or get tested.
If you have any questions, please review the COVID-19 FAQs on our website. You can also contact your health care provider or your local health unit (Brant County Health Unit or Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit) for more information.