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Staff COVID-19 Testing

The testing information below is for all British Columbia health care workers.

Page updated: January 4, 2021, 9:45 a.m.

Anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-like symptoms can now be assessed and get a COVID-19 test from a physician, nurse practitioner or local community collection centre (see below). There is no longer a requirement to be referred by a health care provider or by calling 8-1-1.

If you have no symptoms -- including health care workers, those who are a contact of a confirmed case or a returning traveller -- you do not require a test unless instructed to get one by a medical health officer or public health officer.

Staff and community collection centres

Find the nearest collection centre in the province to you:

*You can also call 8-1-1 to find the nearest centre

Please note: you may be asked to wait outside prior to your test, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Test results 

If you test positive, public health will contact you. 

However, while you wait for your test result, you should follow the advice of your doctor or testing provider to self-isolate.

You can find phone, text and e-health options for getting negative test results on BCCDC's Test Results page.

Testing criteria and management

See the Testing and Case Management for Healthcare Workers page on the BCCDC website for testing criteria and management. 

If you are self-monitoring while at work or are on your days off and experiencing symptoms as described above, you may come to get your test (nasopharyngeal swab or saline gargle), followed by self-isolation until your test results are back. 


Questions related to exposure while at work can be directed to one of our PHSA Occupational Health Nurses by email

You may also call the PHSA COVID-19 Resource Line at 1-833-875-2155 (toll free) or 604-875-7244 from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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