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New COVID-19 test site opens in Vancouver amid rising case numbers

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Health officials are opening a new coronavirus test site in Vancouver as the number of new cases continues to surge in the region.

The COVID-19 assessment centre will be in the north parking lot of Vancouver Community College at 7 Avenue between Glen and Keith drives.

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The centre will be open to walk-in and drive-thru patients and operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, Vancouver Coastal Health said Wednesday.

People seeking a test do not need a referral, but staff will not provide free tests for people without symptoms.

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People who believe they need a test are advised to use the province’s self-assessment tool.

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The health authority said it is also boosting operating hours for a test centre in Richmond and planning a new facility for North Vancouver in the coming weeks.

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A map of test sites across B.C. is available here.

The new Vancouver test site will operate from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough or worsening of chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle aches
While less common, symptoms can also include:
  • Stuffy nose
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Dizziness, confusion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Skin rashes or discoloration of fingers or toes.

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