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When to get a COVID-19 test



As COVID-19 activity increases across BC, guidance for when to get a COVID-19 test has been updated.

A COVID-19 test is not recommended if:

  • You have no symptoms, even if you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.
  • You are fully vaccinated (two doses), experiencing mild symptoms and can manage your illness at home. Self-isolate for five days. Notify your close contacts so they can self-monitor for symptoms and give them these instructions

A COVID-19 test is recommended if:

  • You have symptoms, and:
    • You are at higher risk of severe illness – due to being unimmunized, or immunocompromised
    • You identify with a high risk setting  - such as health care workers, first responders, residents of congregate settings, or live in a remote or rural community 

If you feel unwell and are unsure about your symptoms, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.

Still not sure? Use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to determine if you need to be tested.

More details and a full list of eligible symptoms and criteria is found here: When to get a COVID-19 test

For more information, visit our COVID-19 testing and self-isolation page.