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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:
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- painful swallowing
- stuffy or runny nose
- loss of sense of smell
- muscle aches
- loss of appetite
If a person tests positive, they will be contacted by public health officials.
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.