Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing

Manitoba's COVID-19 testing approach is based on current and evolving public health evidence. As the situation has evolved, testing eligibility criteria have expanded to guide the province's response.

Manitoba's test strategy has been based on the following considerations:

  • those at risk for serious disease
  • the potential to transmit the virus within a setting
  • the potential to have serious impact on health care delivery and critical infrastructure
  • the risk of exposure and likelihood of testing positive

Presently, anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is eligible for testing. Only symptomatic individuals or those advised by public health should visit a COVID-19 testing site. If people without symptoms require a test for the purpose of travel, they should seek testing at a private facility.

New January 4, 2021: COVID-19 Bulletin #303

All international travellers must be tested for COVID-19 immediately upon arrival in Manitoba, regardless of if they are displaying symptoms, and whether they are visiting Manitoba or are returning from out of the country. They should make an appointment with a provincial testing site by calling 1-855-268-4318 or visit a drive-thru test site, and indicate at the time of testing that they have been out of the country and share the location of travel. International travellers need to observe the full 14-day self-isolation period regardless of symptoms and test results. Re-testing is advised if an asymptomatic individual develops symptoms at any point, unless the individual had already tested positive. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and have had close contact to an international traveller should identify this contact to public health during the public health investigation and follow-up.