Testing is available for patients with compatible symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) AND history of travel to affected areas of China within two weeks prior to illness onset or other index of suspicion (e.g,. contact with an ill person with such travel history).
Testing requires notification and consultation with the local Medical Health Officer and the BCCDC PHL Medical Microbiologist on-call (604-661-7033).
Masks and personal protective equipment
- Patients under investigation should be managed with contact and droplet precautions (including eye protection)
- Nasoparyneal (NP) swabs and throat swabs can be performed using contact and droplet precautions with surgical mask and eye protection, and do not require the use of an N95 respirator
- Airborne precautions including N95 respirators with eye protection should be used during aerosol-generating procedures (e.g. open suctioning of respiratory tract, intubation, bronchoscopy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
If you are seeking consultation or have further questions about novel coronavirus as a health care provider or for a health care facility, contact your local public health unit. Information is available at: bccdc.ca/contact