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Northern Health unveils new COVID-19 testing strategy

(Files by Brendan Pawliw-MyPGNow)

B.C.’s testing strategy for COVID-19 has been expanded to include anyone with cold, influenza, or coronavirus-like symptoms.

Northern Health reminds residents that not everyone needs a test.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. They include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • painful swallowing
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • loss of sense of smell
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite

If a person tests positive, they will be contacted by public health officials.

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Anyone seeking COVID-19 testing should be self-isolating until they receive a negative test result.

Most results are available within 24-48 hours of the test.

Testing can be done through a primary care provider, walk-in clinic, urgent primary care center, or community collection centre.

Interior Health adopted a similar strategy on Monday.

 

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