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Posted: April 27, 2020

COVID-19 testing expanded in B.C.

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

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

While testing has expanded, not everyone needs a test. COVID-19 testing is not recommended for people without symptoms.

Interior Health has 14 testing and assessment centres located across the health authority: Cranbrook, Sparwood, Golden, Nelson, Trail, 100 Mile House, Salmon Arm, Williams Lake, Vernon, Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton, Revelstoke and Grand Forks.

Testing at these centres is by appointment. Anyone who needs a test should call their primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) or the closest Interior Health community testing and assessment centre directly to arrange a test.

More information, including the contact information for each of the centres in IH and how to obtain your results, is available on Interior Health’s website.

Interior Health


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