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COVID-19 School and Child Care Testing Expansion

Point Edward, ON – Over the past several days, Lambton Public Health has investigated positive cases in three Lambton County schools. Given these cases, and the recent increase in community transmission of COVID-19, Lambton Public Health is encouraging all symptomatic children to be tested.

Since mid-September, Lambton Public Health has offered COVID-19 testing to school-aged children residing and/or attending school in Lambton County. We are happy to announce that we are now able to offer COVID-19 testing to child care-aged children at most locations.

At this time, this School Testing Centre option is available for:

  • Children who are unable to attend school or child care due to illness, and requires a test in order to return to school or child care.
  • Children and staff from a school or child care who have been notified by Lambton Public Health that they are close contacts of a COVID-19 case.
  • Symptomatic child care/school staff, parents and household members of a child who was notified by Lambton Public Health that they are a close contact of a COVID-19 case.

Appointments are required and online options are now available.

  • Book online by going to Choose from available times and book a test when it is convenient for you.
  • Call Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331 or toll free 1-800-667-1839.

Please have the following details ready:

  • Child and parent/guardian information
  • OHIP Number
  • Primary care provider
  • Current symptoms
  • History of contact with other known or suspected COVID-19 positive person

Hours and locations of our testing centres are listed below:

  • Sarnia – School Testing Centre
    260 Wellington St.
    (Former SCITS High School)
    Mon-Fri: 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Forest – School Testing Centre
    6276 Townsend Line (Kimball Hall)
    Mon-Fri: 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Petrolia – School Testing Centre (for school-aged children only)
    3823 Oil Heritage Rd. (Lambton Centennial School)
    Mon-Fri: 9:30am-3:00pm

Learn more about guidance to support a sick child. To prepare your child for a test, review these steps to get a COVID-19 test for children. For more information on COVID-19 testing in Lambton County, visit our website at


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