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Staff COVID-19 Testing

The testing information below is for all British Columbia health care workers (this includes physicians, paramedics and all other health care employees).

Page updated: March 26, 2020 9 a.m.

The COVID-19 testing guidelines highlight that testing is limited to a number of specific groups, including health care workers (this includes physicians, paramedics and all other health care employees).

For health care workers, this information will be identified on their requisition (by marking "HCW") and their samples will be prioritized.

Please note: Testing will NOT be done for asymptomatic staff.

Self-assessment tool 

The COVID-19 self-assessment tool helps users determine whether they need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. Share this tool with patients, family members, friends or colleagues who are asking whether they need to be tested. 

Staff and Community Collection Centres

Following recent direction from the Province, all health authorities now have a reciprocal agreement to ensure that all health care workers have access to COVID-19 collection centres across the province. The agreement also includes staff from Life Labs and Valley Medical Laboratories, both key partners in the provincial lab system.

The following is a list of staff and community collection centres as of March 26, 2020. We will continue to update the list as collection site information is updated.
COVID-19 Community Collection Centres 
Click to download list

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

Testing criteria

Staff must meet testing criteria, which includes:

  • Fever & cough or shortness of breath (new/worsening – not pre-existing)

    OR TWO of the following symptoms:

  • Fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue/malaise, rhinorrhea
Less frequent symptoms associated with COVID-19 include: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, palpitations, chest pain and conjunctivitis.  Clinic staff will discuss with a designated medical microbiologist if staff requesting testing have these or other symptoms not meeting the criteria above.

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), followed by self-isolation until your test results are back. 

You will receive a phone call with your results. 


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