Testing can be used to determine if someone is currently infected with COVID-19 or if they have been infected in the past.
B.C. is currently using viral testing, a Nucleic acid Amplification Test (NAT), to diagnose people with COVID-19.
Antibody testing or serology will be used to determine if a person had the infection in the past and is producing antibodies. It is not currently available in B.C. Researchers are studying and validating the test before making it available.
For testing guidance, procedures, and other information for health care professionals and their patients, see
Information about the roll out of viral testing and changes to B.C.’s testing strategy over time is described on the Phases of COVID-19 testing in B.C. page.
B.C. testing data is available on the B.C. COVID-19 dashboard: