The COVID-19 Assessment & Treatment Centre is now the Respiratory Illness Assessment & Treatment Centre

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, influenza (flu), or other respiratory illnesses, and would like to speak with a healthcare provider, contact the Assessment & Treatment Centre to make an appointment to speak with a provider without needing to access the Emergency Department.

A Registered Nurse will assess your symptoms over the phone, and provide advice which could include an in-person assessment, testing, treatment options, or advice on how to care for yourself or your family member at home.

The Assessment & Treatment Centre is intended for patients who are experiencing moderate or worsening respiratory symptoms. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, go to the nearest Emergency Department, or call 911. Severe symptoms include: difficulty breathing, chest pains, feelings of confusion or losing consciousness.

Respiratory Illness Assessment & Treatment Centre

40 Goodall St. Dryden, ON [First entrance on the left; follow the yellow signs]

Hours of Operation

Monday- Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm [closed from 12:00- 12:30 daily]


To book an appointment, call us at (807) 223-3737 or email

There is limited space at the Assessment & Treatment Centre; in the interest of comfort and safety for both patients and staff, please contact us to book an appointment. Walk-in appointments will not be accepted.

Who should visit the Assessment and Treatment Centre?

Clinical assessment centres can test, assess, and provide treatment options for COVID-19 an other cold and flu-like illnesses.

Consider calling the Assessment & Treatment Centre if:

  • Your symptoms, or your child's symptoms are getting worse or not improving, and you feel that medical care is necessary;
  • You have been told by a health professional to go to an Assessment Centre;
  • You are at high risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 or other cold and flu-like illnesses

You can also consider contacting Health Connect Ontario or a walk-in clinic. At Health Connect Ontario, you can get advice from a nurse at any time of day by calling 811 or by online chat at

You might also find this tip sheet made by family doctors helpful. It provides tips on deciding when to seek care for a child with respiratory illness and how to support your child at home.

What are COVID-19 treatments?

COVID-19 treatments (including the Paxlovid pill) are available for people who have COVID-19 and are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill. These treatments are available for free by prescription for anyone who would benefit from them.

COVID-19 treatments can help people who are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill stay out of the hospital. They must be taken within the first five to seven days (depending on the treatment) after symptoms start.

Will I get antiviral treatment if I have COVID-19?

Antiviral treatment is available for people who are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Use this screener to see if you are eligible:

If you are eligible and think you might have COVID-19, don't delay. You will need to start treatment within 5 days. Call your primary care provider, go to a clinical assessment centre, or contact Health Connect Ontario by calling 811 or by online chat at

When do I need to go to the emergency department?

If you or your child develop severe symptoms, call 911 or go to the emergency department.

For adults, severe symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion

For children, severe symptoms include:

  • Working hard or straining to breathe - for example, the lower chest is moving in more than normal when the child breathes, the child is grunting, or the child's nostrils are flaring
  • Bluish skin
  • Unable to breastfeed or drink
  • Very sleepy or difficult to wake
  • Peeing less than usual
  • Fever with rash
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Fever in an infant younger than 3 months

If you are worried your child is seriously ill, call 911 or go to the emergency department.

BP.O. Box 3003, 58 Goodall Street, Dryden, Ontario, Canada, P8N 2Z6     x807-223-8200     TTY807-223-8295     * ^

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