B.C. has expanded testing to find new cases and prevent spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Looking for test results? Go to our
Test results page.
Testing is recommended for anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. Symptoms include:
- Cough or worsening of chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- 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.
If an individual has no symptoms, they do not require a test. Read the letter from the Provincial Health Officer on testing prior to travel in B.C
. A medical health officer or clinician may also decide whether a person requires testing. You can use the
BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
to help determine if you need further assessment for COVID-19 testing by a healthcare 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.
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
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.
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.
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
After a negative COVID-19 test, you may still need to self-isolate. If you are unsure, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1. Continue to monitor how you feel; if your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.
Continue to self-isolate if:
- you are a contact or have been exposed to a case of COVID-19. Continue to self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact with a case of COVID-19.
- you have arrived in B.C. from outside of Canada. You must continue to isolate for 14 days from the day you landed back in Canada.
Health care providers
should check with their employer about self- isolation following a negative test and report any symptoms. Some information for health care workers returning to work after an exposure is available on the website
but workplaces may have different return to work policies.
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, public health will get in touch and give you instructions on how to self-isolate. You will be required to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from when your symptoms started. For more information, visit our If you are Sick page
You can also help by telling public health about the people you’ve spent time with. This process is called contact tracing and it is an important tool to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading in communities. Learn more on our Contact tracing page