Information about when to seek testing for COVID-19, where to go, and what to do next.

COVID-19 testing is recommended for anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. If you have no symptoms, you do not require a test unless Public Health directs you to be tested.  

If you are unsure whether to seek medical care or get tested, contact your family physician, health care provider, call the Fraser Health Virtual Care team at 1-800-314-0999 between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. seven days a week,  or use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool.

Booking a COVID-19 testing appointment

Booking an appointment requires completing a COVID-19 test booking form.

While Fraser Health encourages people to book COVID-19 tests using the online booking system, a central intake number is available at 604-587-3936, seven days a week, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to assist people in completing their COVID-19 test booking form or to set up an appointment. 

COVID-19 testing for children

There are two options for COVID-19 testing in children and youth: saline gargle and the nasal pharyngeal swab. Visit COVID-19 Testing for Children & Youth to learn more about how children are tested and what you can do to prepare for a test.

Testing results

If you test positive for COVID-19, Public Health will be in contact with you.

If you were tested (swabbed) for COVID-19 in B.C., you can call the BCCDC Negative Results line at 1-833-707-2792 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week. 

Please wait 24-48 hours after your test before calling.  It may be easier to get through to someone on the line in the afternoon when the call volume is generally lower. 

You can also sign up to get your result by text messaging if your result is negative. 
Please note: if you registered for this service before October 15, you will need to visit this page and re-register.

Testing locations

Find your local test collection centre below or by following these links. You can also call 8-1-1 to find the nearest centre.

Community
Location
Hours of operation
Contact information
Accepts children (0-16)
Abbotsford
1395 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford
Located in front of the Athletic building. 
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
7 days a week
Abbotsford COVID Response
Book your appointment online: fraserhealth.secureform.ca
Y
Burnaby
Central Park at Boundary Road and 46th Avenue
Vehicles: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Pedestrians: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
7 days a week
Burnaby Covid Response
Book your appointment online: fraserhealth.secureform.ca
Y
Chilliwack
Chilliwack COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre
9090 Newman Road, Chilliwack
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Saturday
Book your appointment online: fraserhealth.secureform.ca
Y
Coquitlam 
(Tri-Cities)
Located in the Coquitlam Park and Ride Overflow Lot (with entry from Mariner Way.)
2796 Aberdeen Avenue, Coquitlam
No access from Aberdeen.
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9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
 
Book your appointment online: fraserhealth.secureform.ca
Y
Hope
Fraser Canyon Hospital
1275 7th Avenue, Hope, BC, V0X 1L4
12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Book your appointment online: fraserhealth.secureform.ca
Y
Delta
4470 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

and

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday 

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday
604-952-3851
Book your appointment online: fraserhealth.secureform.ca
Y
Langley
20901 Langley Bypass
Located in Parking Lot #L3 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Access to testing centre is from Langley Bypass ONLY.
Do not access either KPU campus or Best Western grounds
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
7 days a week
Book your appointment online: fraserhealth.secureform.ca

Y
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows
153-11762 Laity St.
In the CareLife Building on the campus of Ridge Meadows Hospital 
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Book your appointment online: fraserhealth.secureform.ca
Y
Mission
Mission Memorial Hospital campus

7324 Hurd Street
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Mission COVID Response

Book your appointment online: fraserhealth.secureform.ca
Y
Surrey
Surrey COVID-19 Test Collection Centre
14577-66th Avenue
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
7 days a week
Book your appointment online:
fraserhealth.secureform.ca
Y
White Rock and South Surrey
Peace Arch Hospital Cafeteria
15521 Russell Avenue
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
7 days a week

 

604-542-4057 
Book your appointment online: fraserhealth.secureform.ca
Y

Travelling to a testing site 

If you do not have access to a personal vehicle or are too sick to drive, consider having a family member or friend drive you to the testing site. All occupants in the vehicle should wear a mask and keep the car windows open for ventilation when you can. 

If you must take transit, please follow these guidelines:

  • Wear a mask on your way to and from the testing site.
    • Ensure your mask fully covers your nose and mouth.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub (at least 70 per cent alcohol content) before putting on your mask. 
    • Once your mask is on, avoid touching it. If you touch your mask, perform hand hygiene as above.
    • Perform hand hygiene before and after removing your mask (wash with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub).
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes and keep your hands clean at all times while in transit. 
  • Do your best to maintain as much distance as you can between yourself and others.

Testing questions and answers

  • I am feeling ill with cough and flu-like symptoms. What should I do? 

    If you feel unwell, it may be the case that you have a common cold or flu, rather than COVID-19. Regardless, if you have cough and flu-like symptoms, however mild, please self-isolate and get tested. Please also use the BC self-assessment tool to help determine if you need further assessment by a physician, nurse practitioner or a local collection (testing) centre.

    Find your local collection centre for testing by the following links. You can also call 8-1-1 to find the nearest centre.

    While self-isolating, monitor yourself daily for fever, cough and worsening symptoms and check your temperature each day (if possible). The BC self-assessment tool will help you assess your symptoms.

    • Visit our Self isolation page for information on how long and how to self-isolate.
    • If you have worsening symptoms at any time OR you are not feeling better 5 or 6 days after you initially started feeling unwell, call 8-1-1, your family doctor, or an Urgent and Primary Care Centre.
    • If at any time you are feeling very unwell and are worried this might be an emergency (e.g. severe difficulty breathing or chest pain), call 9-1-1.
  • Should I be tested for COVID-19?

    If you develop cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, please self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19.

    Use the BC self-assessment tool to help determine if you need further assessment by a physician, nurse practitioner, or at a local collection (testing) centre. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.  Please self-isolate if you develop symptoms and visit our Self isolation page for information on how long and how to self-isolate. 

    To get tested, find your local collection centre by following these links. You can also call 8-1-1 to find the nearest centre.

    If you have no symptoms, even if you are a contact of a confirmed case or a returning traveller, you do not require a test. 

  • Who needs to be tested for COVID-19?

    Who to test: Anyone with cold, influenza, or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. It is important you stay home and self-isolate. Please visit this page for more information on self isolation

    Those who belong to the following groups should be prioritized for testing:

    • Residents and staff of long term care facilities
    • Individuals requiring admission to hospital or likely to be admitted, such as pregnant individuals near term, patients on hemodialysis, or cancer patients receiving radiation or chemotherapy
    • Health care workers, including community pharmacists
    • Individuals with a higher probability of being infected with COVID-19 such as contacts of a known case of COVID-19 and travellers just returned to Canada
    • Residents of remote, isolated, or Indigenous communities
    • People living in and working in congregate settings such as work-camps, correctional facilities, shelters, group homes, assisted living and seniors’ residences
    • People who are homeless or have unstable housing
    • Essential service providers, such as first responders (police, firefighters, paramedics)

    Who not to test: If you have no symptoms (returning travelers and those in close contact with someone with COVID-19 included), you do not require a test.

    Symptoms can include but are not limited to: NEW ONSET fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, loss of appetite, chills, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain, however mild.

    If you are not sure if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you need to be tested, use the BC self-assessment tool to help.

    If you develop symptoms and are concerned about your symptoms at any time, you can call 811, your family doctor, or an Urgent and Primary Care Centre

    If your symptoms are severe, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest Emergency Department. Emergency Departments are still open.

     
  • What should I expect when I visit a COVID-19 testing centre? 

    Before you leave:

    • Ensure you meet the BCCDC testing criteria. If you do not meet the testing criteria, the nurse will not test you for COVID-19.
    • Ensure you have a face mask and your care card number. 

    When you arrive at a testing site:

    • If you are visiting a walk-up site, staff will ask you to wear a mask and to physically distance yourself from others who are waiting in line.
    • If you are visiting a drive-up/drive-through site, park in a designated spot and remain in your vehicle at all times. You will need to roll down your window for registration and testing.
    • You may be given a time slot to return for testing so that you do not have to wait on-site. 

    Screening, registration and testing

    • A staff member will help you complete the registration process. They may ask you to complete a paper registration while you are waiting for your test. You will need to provide your care card and a phone number staff can reach you at if you test positive for COVID-19.
    • After our staff have registered and screened you, a nurse will complete the nose swab by inserting the sterile swab into the back of your nose and then putting it into a sterile container.
    • After your test, a nurse will give you an information package with instructions on accessing your results as well as information on self-isolation and seeking medical help, if required.
  • I require a COVID-19 test for travelling. Where can I get one?

    If an individual has no symptoms, they do not require a test.

    Read the letter from the Provincial Health Officer on testing prior to travel in B.C.

    There are some private pay clinics that offer testing for a fee to people who require asymptomatic testing for reasons that fall outside of B.C. public health recommendations, as outlined in the testing guidelines, such as for travel or employment. For more information, please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

  • Can I go to my doctor's or to the emergency department for a test?

    At this time we are asking patients to avoid going to the emergency department for novel coronavirus testing. 

    If you think you have COVID-19, use the self-assessment tool. Then follow the instructions provided.

    If you are concerned that you are having a medical emergency, such as severe shortness of breath or chest pain, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest Emergency Department. 

    Source – BC Centre for Disease Control

  • Do I need a doctor's referral?

    No, you do not need a doctor's referral to get tested for COVID-19.

  • I’ve been tested. What should I do while waiting for my results? 

    While waiting for your test results, you need to self-isolate. While self-isolating, monitor yourself daily for development of symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. The BC self-assessment tool will help you assess any symptoms you develop.

    Please visit our page on Self isolation for specific guidance and information on how long and how to self-isolate.

  • Where can I get my COVID-19 test results? 

    If you were tested (swabbed) for COVID-19, you can call the BCCDC Coronavirus Hotline at 1-833-707-2792. They operate 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, seven days a week. It may be easier to get through to someone on the line in the afternoon when the call volume is generally lower. 

    You can also sign up to get your result by text messaging if your result is negative. Sign up here.

    COVID-19 test results are also now available electronically through my ehealth. For more information about this service, please visit the BCCDC Test Results page.

    If you test positive for COVID-19, public health will be in contact with you. 

  • How long does it take to get my test results?

    Please wait 48 hours before calling the BCCDC Coronavirus Hotline at 1-833-707-2792 or checking my ehealth for your results. 

    If you test positive for COVID-19, public health will contact you as soon as they can.

    While you wait for your test result, you should be self-isolating. Please visit our page on Self isolation for specific guidance and information on how to do this.

  • I tested positive for COVID-19. What should I expect?

    You will be contacted by Public Health with further instructions. While waiting, you should continue to self-isolate. You will need to remain self-isolated until Public Health notifies you that you can safely discontinue self-isolation (at least 14 days from the first day you had symptoms). 

  • I tested negative for COVID-19. What do I need to do? 

    If you test negative for COVID-19 and have symptoms, continue to self-isolate.

    For direction on how long to self isolate for your particular situation, please visit our page on Self isolation where you can also find specific guidance and information on how to self-isolate.

    • If you are having worsening symptoms and are concerned, call 8-1-1, your family doctor, or an Urgent and Primary Care Centre
    • If your symptoms are not improving after 5 or 6 more days after you initially started feeling unwell, call 8-1-1, your family doctor, or an Urgent and Primary Care Centre
    • If at any time you are feeling very unwell and are worried this might be an emergency (e.g., severe difficulty breathing or chest pain), call 911.
  • I have recovered from COVID-19, and I have no new symptoms. Should I be re-tested?

    Public Health will notify you if you need to be re-tested. In general, if you have not been hospitalized, you are not immunocompromised, you are not a health care worker, and you do not work with vulnerable populations, you do not need to be re-tested.