For Immediate Release
January 20, 2022
When to get a COVID-19 test: Updated guidelines
As COVID-19 activity increases across B.C., guidance for when to get a COVID-19 test has been updated.
A COVID-19 test is not recommended if:
You have no symptoms, even if you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive
You are fully vaccinated (two doses), experiencing mild symptoms and can manage your illness at home. Self-isolate for five days. Notify your close contacts so they can self-monitor for symptoms
A COVID-19 test is recommended if:
You have symptoms, and:
You are at higher risk of severe illness
You identify with a high risk setting - such as health care workers, first responders, residents of congregate settings, or live in a remote or rural community
If you feel unwell and are unsure about your symptoms, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.
Rapid COVID-19 tests at NH test collection centres
Rapid COVID-19 tests are available at Northern Health testing centres, and may be provided to individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and according to risk factors.
Those seeking testing by filling out the NH COVID-19 Test Booking Form, or calling the Northern Health Virtual Primary & Community Care Clinic, will be directed to a testing centre for either PCR testing, or to pick up a rapid test for home use based on their symptoms and risk factors. Availability of rapid tests may be limited at times, depending on supply.
If a rapid COVID-19 test indicates a positive result, you must continue to self-isolate and follow the guidance included in the test package, including how to self-report a positive result. For more information, visit: Understanding Test Results.
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