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Access to COVID-19 testing is expanding as BC moves into the next phase of its testing strategy.

Improved Capacity for Testing

  • Until now, we needed to focus our testing resources on those who were at most risk – health-care workers, essential services providers and individuals who are vulnerable to complications due to COVID-19.
  • We now have capacity in the health-care system to broaden testing to help us quickly identify and address any new community clusters and outbreaks that may emerge. We want to avoid another spike in new cases and continue to flatten our curve.

What does this mean to you?

  • Any British Columbian who is exhibiting cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms is now able be assessed for and get a COVID-19 test from a physician, nurse practitioner or local community collection centre.
    Individuals with respiratory or other COVID19-like symptoms no longer have to be referred for testing by a health-care provider or by calling 811.
    While testing is now available for those who need it, not everyone needs a test. If an individual has no symptoms, even if they are a contact of a confirmed case or a returning traveller, they do not require a test.

SHOULD I GET TESTED?

  • If you develop cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine if you need further assessment for COVID-19 testing by a physician, nurse practitioner or at a local collection centre. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.
  • If an individual has no symptoms, even if they are a contact of a confirmed case or a returning traveller, they do not require a test.

If You Have Have Been tested for COVID-19

TEST RESULTS

  • If an individual tests positive, Public Health will contact them.
  • While you wait for your test result, you should follow the advice of your doctor or testing provider to self-isolate.
  • or information on how to find out your test results, please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website on test results.

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