COVID-19 testing expanded in B.C.
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
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.