FILE - A member of the medical staff at the National Public Health Organisation (EODY) adjusts COVID-19 rapid tests in Athens, Greece, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. The coronavirus’s omicron variant kept a jittery world off-kilter Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021, as reports of infections linked to the mutant strain cropped up in more parts of the globe, and one official said that the wait for more information on its dangers felt like “an eternity.” (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

FILE - A member of the medical staff at the National Public Health Organisation (EODY) adjusts COVID-19 rapid tests in Athens, Greece, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. The coronavirus’s omicron variant kept a jittery world off-kilter Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021, as reports of infections linked to the mutant strain cropped up in more parts of the globe, and one official said that the wait for more information on its dangers felt like “an eternity.” (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

How to get tested for COVID in Golden

PCR tests limited; rapid tests available to others

As COVID-19 cases in Golden rise, testing at the medical centre has changed to accomodate for the recent surge in demand as record case counts are reported.

Due to a massive increase in demand for COVID testing, moving forward, PCR tests, which is by appointment only, will only be offered to those that are under five years old, over 65 years old, a healthcare worker, or is living in group housing settings such as Abbeyfield.

Testing capacity is maxed out with many not being able to get appointments for testing in larger communities in BC.

“Our testing facility in Golden is hanging on, but we are seeing folks from nearby communities coming here for tests as they can’t get appointments closer to home,” read a Jan. 1 statement from the Physicians of Golden.

Those who cannot get a PCR test will be offered a rapid antigen test to do at home. You do not need an appointment to get one and these can be picked up from the COVID testing centre , which is the seacan in hospital parking lot.

If a rapid COVID-19 test indicates a positive result, you must continue to self-isolate and follow the guidance included in the test package, including how to self-report a positive result. Self -reporting can be done online through the BC CDC website.

For more information, visit: Understanding Test Results.

Tests can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., and 1 p.. and 3 p.m. on weekdays, and between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on weekends.

Testing is only recommended for those that are experiencing symptoms of COVID.

It is possible that in the early stages of infection, either test can come back negative and therefore if you are symptomatic even if your test is neg. Please continue to isolate and consider a further test in 48 hours.

Booster vaccination invites will now be sent to all people regardless of situation 6 months after dose 2. There are plenty of vaccine appointments available to book.

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