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Testing information

Testing is available for people with symptoms.

Should I get tested?

Testing is available for anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough or worsening of chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat 
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Muscle aches
While less common, symptoms can also include:
  • Stuffy nose
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Dizziness, confusion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Skin rashes or discoloration of fingers or toes.
Children have similar symptoms to adults, but are less likely to have fever, shortness of breath or cough. COVID-19 causes mild illness in the majority of cases in children. Infants under three months of age with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 should be assessed by a health care provider.

While anyone can get tested, some symptoms can also be signs of other conditions or medical issues and you may need to seek medical care. If you are unsure whether to seek medical care or get tested, contact your health care provider, call 8-1-1 or use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

Should I get tested if I don’t have symptoms?

If an individual has no symptoms, they do not require a test. In B.C., testing is generally not available through the provincial health care system for people without symptoms including routine screening for employment, travel, school, before surgery or for other health procedures. This advice may be different from other provinces or countries. In select situations, such as investigation into an outbreak, people without symptoms may be tested under the direction of a medical health officer or clinician.

If you are unsure whether you need testing, you can use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else.

Learn more:

Find a collection centre to be assessed and get tested 

Click on the image or links below for a list of collection centres in the province to find one near you. You can also call 8-1-1 to find the nearest centre. Most COVID-19 testing sites in B.C. can test children and youth.

If you have had a COVID-19 test, please refer to the How to self-isolate after a COVID-19 test handout. 

Private testing/ Testing for travel

There are some private pay clinics that offer testing for a fee to people who require asymptomatic testing for reasons that fall outside of B.C. public health recommendations, as outlined in the testing guidelines, such as for travel or employment.

Please contact these clinics directly to learn more and to arrange for this testing.

Self-isolate if you have symptoms

If you develop symptoms, you will need to self-isolate while you wait for your test results so you do not potentially spread illness to others. Those who get diagnosed with COVID-19 will need to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when their symptoms started. For more information on what to do if you have COVID-19, if you think you may have it, or believe you may require medical care, visit our If you are Sick page.

How your test is processed


Understanding test results

Find out what your or your child's COVID-19 test results mean.

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