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Testing information

B.C. is expanding testing to find new cases and prevent spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Looking for test results? Go to our Test results page. 

Should I get tested?

Testing is recommended for anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. Symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat and painful swallowing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
If an individual has no symptoms, they do not require a test. A healthcare provider 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. 

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.












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

Self-isolate if you have symptoms

If you develop symptoms, you will need to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days so you do not potentially spread the disease to others. 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

 

What if I test negative for COVID-19?

After a negative COVID-19 test, there are self-isolation requirements for:  

  • those with symptoms. Continue to isolate until your symptoms resolve. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.
  • those exposed to a case of COVID-19.  Continue to self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact with a case of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started OR 14 days from when you started self-isolating, whichever is longer. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.
  • international travellers returning to Canada. You must continue to isolate for 14 days from the day you landed back in Canada. If you develop symptoms, you must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started OR 14 days from when you started self-isolating, whichever is longer. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.
  • health care providers. Check with your employer about self- isolation following a negative test and report any symptoms. Workplaces may have different return to work policies after a negative COVID-19 test.

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