Update on COVID-19 Testing Protocols

Testing is now available for everyone who needs it. If symptoms appear, self-isolate and call your health care provider or 8-1-1 for guidance. You can use this easy self-assessment tool from the BC provincial government https://bc.thrive.health/ to help determine whether you or a loved one need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.

COVID-19 is tested using a “standard swab” – a long Q-tip that scrapes cells from the very back of the nose or throat. These swabs are sent to a laboratory for testing. Click on the links below for a list of collection centres (i.e., testing site locations) in BC to find one near you. You can also call 8-1-1, your family doctor or your community health nurse to find the nearest collection centre.

• Collection centre finder (for mobile and desktop)

• Collection centre finder  (for Internet Explorer)

If you need to be tested for COVID-19 and you cannot get to the testing location on your own, please call the BC Ambulance non-emergency line at 604-872-5151 for help travelling to the testing location.

Where can you call to access testing?  

    1. 811 
    2. 1-844-645-7811  Northern COVID line 
    3. 1-888-COVID19  BC COVID Line