Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

Alternative Specimen Collection Methods for Children and Youth

Children and youth aged four and up who are unable or have difficulties with a deep nasal swab (NP swab) may have the option of a throat swab or swish and gargle (spit) sample at select sites.  The deep nasal swab  remains the best way to detect COVID-19.  Throat swabs or swish and gargle options will only be offered under specific circumstances, based on availability and at the discretion of the health care provider taking the sample. 

Sites where alternative specimen collection methods may be available are listed below.   Note: availability at a given site may vary and is not guaranteed.

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

  • 1284 Main Street (MPI site)
  • 604 St. Mary’s Road
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, 445 King Street

Prairie Mountain Health

  • Dauphin- 301 Main Street
  • Swan River- 621 Main Street
  • Brandon:
    • 7th Street Access Centre
    • Van Horne Street Community Testing Site

Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority

  • Selkirk- 100 Easton Drive
  • Eriksdale- 35 Railway Ave.
  • Powerview Pine Falls- 37 Maple Street

Southern Health- Sante Sud

  • Winkler- Southland Mall,  77 Norquay Drive
  • Steinbach- 365 Reimer Ave
  • Portage La Prairie- Portage Ave and 5th St. SE

Northern Regional Health Authority

  • Flin Flon- Flin Flon General Hospital (Old ED)
  • The Pas- 328 Fischer Ave.
  • Thompson Clinic- Plaza Mall, 50 Selkirk Ave.