COVID-19 resources

How to tell if you may have COVID-19:

BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Burnaby Primary Care Networks – Information on medical resources for patients living in Burnaby, including how to book a COVID-19 test. This website also has information on the Edmonds Urgent And Primary Care Centre which is available for patients who have urgent after-hours medical issues (please note for emergency issues patients should proceed directly to their nearest Emergency Department).

Who should be tested for COVID-19?

December 2021: Given the increased demand caused by the Omicron variant, PCR testing capacity is limited. When attending a COVID-19 testing centre, you may be given a rapid antigen test to take home instead. If your rapid antigen test is positive for COVID-19, follow these directions. You should also notify your close contacts (those you had close contact with in the time period from 48 hours before your symptoms started until the day you started self-isolation) and advise them to follow these instructions. If your rapid antigen test is negative, it is still possible you have COVID-19 and therefore you should continue to self-isolate until your symptoms resolve.

​Who does not need to be tested for COVID-19?

If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 then you do not require a test, unless specifically directed to get tested by Public Health due to an outbreak exposure situation.

COVID-19 testing in asymptomatic individuals for the purpose of travel or employment is not covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP). Therefore you cannot get tested for this reason at one of the provincial testing sites. You must pay privately for this test. A list of private clinics performing this testing is found here.

Where/how to get tested for COVID-19:

As of April 19/21 the Burnaby testing site has moved to the BCIT campus, 3700 Willingdon Ave, in Parking Lot B, enter Lot B from Carey Avenue @ Canada Way. To book an appointment at one of the Fraser Health COVID-19 testing sites, including in Burnaby, please visit this website. This site lets you know the availability of appointment slots in the next 72 hours that can be booked online for testing sites across the Fraser Health region. A list of other collection centres in BC can be found here. If you have been tested, information on how to access your swab result is detailed here.

The saline gargle test is an option as an alternative to the nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19 for those age 5 and older (subject to availability at the testing site). Please note a patient taking the gargle test cannot have had anything to eat or drink (including water and chewing gum) or have smoked (cigarettes or vaping) within 1 hour of being tested.

If you are sick:

Isolate at home and stay home from school/work. Do not leave your home unless for essential medical care. Get tested for COVID-19 as per current Public Health guidelines. Do not have visitors inside your home. Try to use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible from household members. People who are contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases also need to self-monitor and/or self-isolate depending on their vaccination status. More details can be found here on what to do if you are COVID-19 positive.

How do I self-isolate?

Work/School Absence Notes:

As per instructions from the Minister of Health and the Provincial Health Officer on March 12, 2020 we will NOT be providing customized notes/forms for work absence due to sickness, nor will we do COVID-19 swabs unnecessarily. 

If necessary consider showing this letter from Doctors on Hastings to your employer, along with the COVID-19 sick note from BC Family Doctors. You could also show them The Canadian Medical Association (CMA)’s formal statement of March 15, 2020 advocating for employers to stop requiring sick notes.

The Ministry of Health and the BC CDC have also instructed schools NOT to require a doctor’s note to confirm an individual’s health status regarding illness and absences. In addition: “Students and staff who experience symptoms consistent with a previously diagnosed health condition can continue to attend school when they are experiencing these symptoms as normal. They do not require re-assessment by a healthcare provider and should not be required to provide a health-care provider note. If they experience any new or unexplained symptoms they should seek assessment by a health-care provider.” (see pg 16-17 of COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings). If your school/daycare is requesting a doctor’s note, please show them these guidelines outlining when the Provincial Health Officer has declared a note is not required. If the school/daycare continues to require a specific doctor’s note, please book a phone appointment with your family doctor.

We will be adhering to the screening guidelines issued from the BC Center for Disease Control.  Please note work/school notes and forms are not covered by MSP and the patient is responsible for the costs of these requests.

If you are not sure if it is safe for you to return to work/school

1. If you are having symptoms of an infection, book a phone appointment with your doctor to discuss further.

2. If you are feeling well and had been previously working prior to the COVID-19 shutdowns but are uncertain about your safety at work, we recommend the following:

  • Talk to your employer about your concerns to find a solution. Worksafe BC and our public health agencies have worked to provide detailed safety guidance to employers. As per the Worksafe BC website: “Every employer is required to have a COVID-19 safety plan that assesses the risk of exposure at their workplace and implements measures to keep their workers safe.” If you continue to have concerns about the safety of your workplace, then contact Worksafe BC.

3. If you feel you have a medical condition that makes you more vulnerable to COVID-19:

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