To slow the spread we need people to distance, wash hands, stay at home when sick – even mild symptoms, avoid crowds, gatherings, events and parties and wear a mask when outside your household.
Following public health recommendations can make a really big difference in flattening the curve at this time. Specifically,
- Follow current testing guidance - Anyone who is concerned that they may have had contact with a positive case AND have COVID-19-compatible symptoms should get tested and self-isolate pending results,
- Avoid all crowds, gatherings, events and parties, distance from others,
- Wear a mask when outside your immediate household,
- Stay at home when sick – even with mild symptoms, both to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and other circulating viruses), and
- Wash hands frequently
While you wait for your COVID-19 Test results:
- Sign up to receive your COVID-19 test results by text on the BC CDC Website, or use the My ehealth platform.
- If you do not have internet access call the BCCDC Results Line (1-833-707-2792)
- While you are self-isolating while awaiting results, please think about your activities and the contacts you had in the two days prior to noticing your symptoms up until the day you started to isolate and share this information with public health.
- Specifically consider those who would be deemed close contacts. These are generally people who you would have spent greater than 15 minutes with while not distanced (within 2 metres) and while not masked.
- Self-isolate: Until you have been contacted with results, it is essential that you isolate from others in your household as much as possible.
If you have positive test results
The goal of public heath is to notify patients within 24-48 hours of receiving a positive lab COVID-19 result from BCCDC. As of Nov 5th, patients will receive positive and negative results via text.
If you have positive results you are required to:
- Self-isolate: It is essential that patients who test positive continue to isolate themselves and anyone in their household,
- Make a list of close contacts who you would have had contact with two days prior to symptoms until when you started to self-isolate and reach out to them once you receive direction to do so from public health,
- Monitor personal symptoms, and if severe, consider further emergent care.
Anyone who is concerned that they may have had contact with a positive case AND have COVID-19-compatible symptoms are asked to get tested and isolate pending results. (https://fraserhealth.secureform.ca/index.php).
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Self Assessment Tools:
Not sure if you have COVID-19? Or whether you should get tested after encountering someone who might have it? Complete one of the self-assessments below and you will be directed on what you should do.
Fraser Health has compiled a list of known possible COVID-19 exposure locations. If you were in attendance at any of these locations during these times, public health recommends you self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
Click here to view the list of locations
Fraser Health COVID-19 Test Collection/Assessment Booking
- Click here to book an appointment at one of the testing locations in: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Mission, Surrey, White Rock, and South Surrey.
- Click here to view the locations and operating hours of each of these testing centres
Tri-Cities COVID-19 Testing Centre
Located at 2796 Aberdeen Ave in Coquitlam at TransLink’s Coquitlam Central Park and Ride lot, this service will have capacity to conduct as many as 800 tests daily. This centre will operate using a model of drive-through lanes and walk-ins and will be open seven days a week.
Click here to book an appointment
Preparing children for a COVID-19 Test
Stess/Anxiety about Covid-19
- If you are feeling stress, anxiety, or just the need to talk to someone you can book a free appointment with a clinical counsellor.
- You can also check out these mental health and self-care resources.
How to Overcome a Fear of Facemasks
We know facemasks are an important intervention to protect ourselves and others from the coronavirus, but what if you get a lot of anxiety from wearing one? Learn how to break down wearing a mask into manageable steps to overcome your fear. (Video by a clinical psychiatrist)