COVID-19 screening clinics are now open in the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

They’re by referral and appointment only.

That means you don’t call or go to the clinics unless you’ve been referred by a doctor or an 8-1-1 nurse. 

The  BC Centre for Disease Control says that you should be tested if you have respiratory symptoms and are:

  • hospitalized, or likely to be hospitalized;
  • a health care worker;
  • Live in a long-term care facility;
  • and part of an investigation of a cluster or outbreak.

You don’t need to be tested if you don’t have symptoms, have mild respiratory symptoms that can be managed in self-isolation at home, and are a returning traveller with no symptoms or mild symptoms.

If you have a new fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing, or are worried that you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, the BCCDC has an online self-assessment tool. You can find it here

You can also call your doctor or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 to be assessed. 

At the clinics, a triage nurse will assess referred patients over the phone to see if an appointment is needed.

If you are healthy make sure you’re washing your hands frequently, staying home as much as possible, and maintaining a distance of about six feet from others.

You can find more details on the BCCDC’s website or Island Health’s website. (Will attach links below)