Testing is available for all who need it but not everyone requires a test. If you develop
symptoms, use the
BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine if you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.
Please visit an emergency department if you are
experiencing health conditions that require urgent and emergency care. Read the news release on Emergency departments prepared to safely care for patients. For COVID-19 testing locations, please see "Where to get tested" section below.
Anyone with cold, influenza or
COVID-like symptoms can now be assessed. Individuals in the following groups should be prioritized for testing:
Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
Individuals requiring admission to hospital or likely to be admitted, such as pregnant individuals near-term, patients on hemodialysis, or cancer patients receiving radiation or chemotherapy.
Individuals with a higher probability of being infected with COVID-19 such as contacts of a known case of COVID-19 and travellers just returned to Canada
Residents of remote, isolated, or Indigenous communities
People living in congregate settings such as work-camps, correctional facilities, shelters, group homes, assisted living and seniors’ residences
People who are homeless or have unstable housing
Essential service providers, such as first responders
If you need help determining if you need further assessment or testing, visit the
BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or speak with your health-care provider.
COVID-19 testing is not recommended for individuals without symptoms.
If your health care provider has decided it is safe for you to go home after your COVID-19 test, please follow the latest guidelines from the BCCDC.
For answers to frequently asked questions, click "+" on the questions below.
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You can get a COVID-19 test from a physician, nurse practitioner or an urgent and primary care centre. Please call ahead before visiting. You can call 8-1-1 to find a testing centre near you. Click on the image or links below for a list of collection centres in the province to find one near you.
If you were tested for COVID-19, you will be sent home to self-isolate until the results are provided to you. Visit the self-isolate page for details.
If your result is positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by Public Health.
If you have not been contacted, you can get your negative results by phone, text or online. For more information on test results, please visit bccdc.ca's test results information.
If you are sick but test negative for COVID-19, stay home until your symptoms resolve and you are well enough to return to your usual activities.
Even if you have tested negative, there may be situations where you still have to self-isolate for 14 days:
If you develop new symptoms following a negative test, seek advice from your physician. You may need to get tested again.