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Staff COVID-19 Testing

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

Page updated: March 15, 2021, 2:20 p.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 test results on BCCDC's Test Results page.

Learn how Workplace Health collects, uses and discloses your personal information to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.

 

Collection, use and disclosure

The COVID-19 pandemic response initiative requires an ability to track COVID-19 exposures and lab test results of health care workers (HCW). 


In response to this requirement, COVID-19 test results are tracked in the Workplace Health Indicator Tracking and Evaluation (WHITE) system. In an effort to reduce transmission, this information is used for COVID-19 contact tracing, exposure monitoring, coordination with Public Health and return to work planning. 

 

As directed by the Ministry of Health, WHITE is used to collect and maintain records of immunization for all HCW, including members of medical staff. This tracking will include COVID-19 vaccinations, and the information is used to support health authority reporting at an individual HCW level, and provincial reporting at an aggregate level.


FIPPA authorization

Workplace Health is authorized by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), sections 26(c) and 27(1)(b), to collection your personal information; its subsequent use is authorized by sections 32(a) and 32(c). Disclosure of your data to Workplace Health is authorized by FIPPA sections 33.2(a), 33.1(1)(e), and as it relates to COVID-19, by Ministerial Order No. M431 (in effect until May 31, 2021).

 

Protecting your data

Safeguards are in place to protect data in WHITE from unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or disposal. Specifically, access to these databases, and to the collected data, is role-based and restricted to only those authorized personnel with a “need to know”. 

 

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding this privacy notification, including the collection of personal information, please contact:

 

Director, Information Access Privacy 

200 - 1333 West Broadway

Vancouver, BC V6H 4C1

 

Phone: 1-855-229-9800

Email: privacyphsa@phsa.ca





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

Questions related to exposure while at work can be directed to one of our PHSA Occupational Health Nurses by email: occupationalhealthnursing@phsa.ca.

You may also call the PHSA COVID-19 Resource Line at 1-833-875-2155 (toll free) or 604-875-7244 for 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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