COVID-19 Testing in PEI

If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, get tested at a testing clinic.

COVID-19 testing clinics in PEI are by appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted but priority will be given to those with an appointment.

How to book a COVID-19 test

  • Provincial testing clinics have now moved to booked appointments: 

When you should be tested

  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, including new or worsening cough, fever/chills, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, congestion, shortness of breath, headache, muscle aches, unusual fatigue, or loss of sense of smell or taste, book an appointment at one of the testing clinics (listed above).
  • If you are a close contact and work, live, or access services in a vulnerable setting with no symptoms, you should be tested on day 4 – at a testing clinic.
  • If you tested positive with a rapid antigen test, it is recommended to stay home and self-isolate and follow the steps outlined for positive cases
    • If you tested positive at a testing clinic OR on a home antigen test AND if you are at higher risk of more severe outcomes, you can call 811 to be considered for Paxlovid. People at higher risk of severe outcomes include:

To inquire about COVID-19 testing 

  • Call 1-855-354-4358 - Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (please note, you cannot schedule an appointment through this number)

Where to get tested?

Clinic locations are subject to change (please check this web page before heading out). Clinic testing hours may be adjusted based upon capacity limits.

COVID-19 Testing Clinics 

    Charlottetown, 64 Park Street:

    • Friday, February 3, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Sunday, February 5, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Monday, February 6, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 8, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Friday, February 10, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Sunday, February 12, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Monday, February 13, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 15, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Friday, February 17, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Sunday, February 19, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Slemon Park, 40 Aerospace Blvd.

    • Friday, February 3, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 4, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Monday, February 6, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 8, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Friday, February 10, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 11, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Monday, February 13, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 15, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Friday, February 17, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Saturday, February 18, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

      Montague, 14 Rosedale Road:   

      • Thursday, February 2, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
      • Monday, February 6, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
      • Thursday, February 9, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
      • Monday, February 13, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
      • Thursday, February 16, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

      O’Leary, 14 MacKinnon Drive (O'Leary Health Centre):

      • Thursday, February 2, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
      • Tuesday, February 7, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
      • Thursday, February 9, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
      • Tuesday, February 14, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
      • Thursday, February 16, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
         
      Reminder:  If you were tested for COVID-19 at a Health PEI clinic, you must isolate until you get your test results. You will be able to get your result online.

        Following testing at a clinic - online results will be available

        For information about the tests used at the PEI testing clinics for diagnosis of COVID-19, read the COVID Testing FAQs.

        When to seek help

        Most cases of COVID-19 are mild, and symptoms can be safely treated at home. However, if your COVID-19 symptoms are worsening, your first point of contact should be your primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner). At their discretion, they will either arrange a telephone appointment or see you in person.

        If you are immunosuppressed or over the age of 50, consider calling your primary care provider or 811 to see if you may benefit from an antiviral medicine.

        If you do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner, call the 811 telehealth service for advice or visit a walk-in clinic.  
        Inform your initial contact, whether via telephone or in person, that you are in self isolation.

        Health PEI is asking for patience as high volumes of Islanders are requesting Paxlovid to treat COVID-19. 

        If you need immediate health information, call 811 to speak to an experienced registered nurse for advice on the best course of action.

        Anyone with emergency medical needs should call 911 or seek emergency services when:

        • experiencing discomfort or tightness in the chest;
        • experiencing unusual shortness of breath;                                                          
        • experiencing abdominal pain;
        • experiencing prolonged and persistent headache or dizziness;
        • an injury may require stitches or involve a broken bone;
        • a child has prolonged diarrhea or vomiting; or
        • a baby under six months of age has a fever of 38°C (100.4°F) or higher.

          Rapid Antigen Tests for Businesses

          Through the Government of Canada, Small and Medium Businesses with less than 200 employees seeking rapid antigen test kits can now register through pharmacy partners on Prince Edward Island.  You will be able to collect your test supplies through one of the pharmacy partners on PEI. There is a minimal handling fee paid to the pharmacy of $14 per box of tests (25 tests per box).  Once your application is processed, someone from the partner pharmacy will be in contact to arrange pick up. Please visit the website to complete registration.  

          For businesses with more than 200 employees, you must apply directly to the Federal Workplace Program where you will be provided with supplies directly from the Government of Canada.

          Rapid test kits for community organizations

          Non-profits and charities across the Island may qualify for a Health Canada-funded program administered by the Canadian Red Cross to help them implement a screening program for their personnel and clients, and also receive free rapid antigen test kits. The program is called “Stop the Spread and Stay Safe!" To qualify, organizations should have personnel (volunteers and/or staff) who work in close proximity to each other or have direct contact with community members. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply online at redcross.ca/StopTheSpread. If unable to apply online, call 1-888-381-8246 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Atlantic time Monday to Friday for assistance. Please be patient, as there is high demand across Canada and it will take some time to set up your screening program and have the necessary test kits sent to you.

          Rapid Antigen Tests (self-test kits)

          PEI is distributing a limited supply of rapid antigen screening tests to the general public. For more information, visit COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (self-test kits).

          Anyone who tests positive using any self-test kit are recommended to stay home if feeling unwell and follow the guidance for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Positive results on a rapid antigen screening test do not need to be confirmed at a provincial testing clinic in order to access treatment (e.g., Paxlovid).

          Published date: 
          February 3, 2023
          Health and Wellness

          General Inquiries

          Department of Health and Wellness
          4th Floor North, Shaw Building
          105 Rochford Street
          Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

          Phone: 902-368-6414
          Fax: 902-368-4121

          DeptHW@gov.pe.ca