Rapid COVID-19 tests will be available at Interior Health community collection centers, starting the week of December 27. in a press release. âNo appointment is required to take a rapid test. Access may be temporarily limited depending on available supply. Rapid tests can be administered at home and measure whether a person has COVID-19 and is likely to infect others. They return results in as little as 15 minutes. If a rapid COVID-19 test indicates a positive result, people should continue to self-isolate and follow the instructions included in the test kit, including how to report a positive result. BC expected the government Federal government delivers 200,000 rapid tests of the Panbio brand by the end of the year. The province has also purchased 500,000 branded BTNX tests with nasal swabs, which are expected to arrive in late December. Story continues under publicity As COVID-19 activity increases across British Columbia, however, advice on when to take a COVID-19 test has been updated by Interior Health. A COVID-19 test is not recommended for those who have no symptoms, even if those who have close contact with someone who tested positive. It is also not recommended for those who are fully vaccinated and have mild symptoms and can manage their illness at home. If so, the health authority said people should self-isolate for seven days and notify close contacts so they can monitor themselves. , too much. Trends 9: 02 COVID-19: Priority areas in British Columbia to receive rapid antigenic tests first COVID-19: Priority areas in British Columbia to receive rapid antigenic tests first On the other hand, those with fever or chills; cough; loss of smell or taste; or breathing difficulties should get tested. The story continues under the ad Those who had a sore throat; loss of appetite; headaches or body aches; extreme fatigue; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea for more than 24 hours should contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1. British Columbia’s seven-day moving average for COVID-19 cases has more than doubled in the past week. The average number of cases per day is now 1,937 per day, up from 834 cases per day a week ago. Vancouver Coastal Health, 174 new cases at Northern Health and 737 new cases at Island Health. Caroline Colijn, the Canada 150 research chair in mathematics for progression, infections and public health, said the new numbers of cases did not do not capture the entire pandemic photo province, however, because British Columbia has reached its testing capacity limits and younger symptomatic people have been advised not to show up for PCR testing. achieved this testing capability, âColijn said. âUnfortunately, it will be difficult to interpret the data in the coming days and possibly the weeks to come. The story continues under the ad For a list of all Interior Health’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics and other resources, visit the Interior Health website. – with files by Richard Zussman See link Â»Â© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.