Vancouver, B.C. – A new COVID-19 collection centre will open on Thursday in North Vancouver, thanks to a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and ICBC.
The new testing site, located in the Capilano Claim Centre, 255 Lloyd Avenue, is indoors and will provide additional capacity to assess North Shore residents for COVID-19. The site will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and can accommodate both walk-in and drive-through clients, ages four and up. An expected 450 to 600 tests will be administered at the site each day.
The existing collection centre located in the parking lot of Centennial Theatre, on Lonsdale Avenue, will remain open until 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 7.
COVID-19 testing is available for all who need it but not everyone requires a test. Testing is not recommended for people without symptoms. You can use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine if you need further assessment for COVID-19 testing by a health care provider or at a local collection centre. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to do this themselves.
Identifying new cases of COVID-19 in a timely manner is important to help prevent community spread of the virus, and this new assessment centre will contribute to those efforts. For all site locations and hours, please refer to the collection site locator on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
VCH continues to monitor cases throughout our region. While there can be cases anywhere in B.C., if we follow the public health guidance and all continue working together, we will be better prepared. For more information on COVID-19 and testing, please visit www.vch.ca/COVID-19.
VCH is responsible for the delivery of $3.6 billion in community, hospital and long-term care services to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola. VCH also provides specialized care and services for people throughout BC and is the province's hub of health care education and research.
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