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COVID-19 testing information

COVID-19 testing information

COVID-19 testing is by appointment only in Interior Health. Use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to determine if you need a test for COVID-19. 

How can I book a test?

You can make an appointment online through the COVID-19 Test Booking Form 24 hours a day, or call 1-877-740-7747   for assistance between 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., PST, seven days a week. Please try to book within 24 hours or the first available test in the closest collection centre.

What should I do before I go for a test?

Make sure you self-isolate before your test.

Please wear a mask and plan to arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

For patients over the age of four, a saline (salt water) gargle may be offered instead of a nose swab. To ensure accuracy of your test, do not eat, drink, vape, smoke, brush your teeth or chew gum for at least one hour before the test. Read the mouth rinse/gargle instructions for more information on what to expect.

You can also watch the gargle video. It is recommended that you practice in advance with your child with plain water if possible. Do not practice within 2 hours of the appointment time.

How do I get my COVID-19 test results?

COVID-19 test results should be available within 48 hours from the time you were tested. Public health will call you if your test results are positive. Please ensure you have provided current contact information.

Results are also accessible through the following options:

  • Text message from BCCDC: Sign up here to get a text directly to your cell phone.
  • Health Gateway: Sign up here to get results by email or text. Health Gateway is a new online portal option for anyone with a photo BC Services Card.
  • BCCDC Negative Results line: call 1-833-707-2792, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, PST, seven days per week. Please wait 48 hours after your test before calling.
  • MyHealthPortal: Check online at MyHealthPortal. If you are not enrolled, ask to have your email entered on your patient record during your testing visit, and then click on “Request to enroll” at the link above. For support, call 1-844-870-4756, Monday to Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM, PST. MyHealthPortal will indicate your test result or refer you to the BCCDC options above.

See our Patient Handout on Testing.

What do I do if I get a positive test result?

A positive test result means that you have detectable levels of the COVID-19 virus in your body. You will need to self-isolate. The people you live with will also need to self-isolate if they are not fully vaccinated.

Most often you will receive your result before public health contacts you. Please see our Testing Positive page for information on self-isolating, managing your symptoms, and notifying all of your close contacts.

Where can I get tested?

Interior Health doesn’t conduct asymptomatic COVID-19 testing (e.g., for travel purposes).

Interior Health COVID-19 Community Collection Centres

LocationFacilityOnline Booking/Phone LineWayfinding Instructions
100 Mile HouseSouth Cariboo Health Centre

555D Cedar Ave.
Book onlinePark in the designated parking stall near Emergency entrance. Wait in your vehicle until directed by a nurse.
AshcroftAshcroft Hospital and Community Health Centre

700 Ash-Cache Creek Hwy
Book onlinePark in the ambulance bay (wait in parking lot until it is empty). Stay in your vehicle and call 250-457-0374. Do not enter building. A nurse will come to your vehicle.
Accepts only children age 5 and over for testing.
BarriereBarriere Health Centre, 4537 Barriere Town Road.Book online
CastlegarKootenay Boundary Health Service Area Office 813 10 StBook onlinePark in designated spot at front of building. Wait in car until directed by nurse.
ClearwaterDr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital

640 Park Dr.
Book onlinePark by Emergency Department entrance outside of the overhang. Stay in vehicle until directed by a nurse.
CranbrookHealth Unit Centre (Rocky Mountain Lodge)

20 23rd Ave. S.

Book onlineEnter off of 24th Ave. Drive past helicopter pad to the back of the health unit building. Park in a designated spot and call posted number on arrival.
CrestonCreston Valley Hospital

312 15 Ave N
Book onlinePark in main parking lot in reserved spots. Call 250-254-2055. Leave a message and wait in car for nurse to call back to direct you. When instructed walk behind ambulance ramp and follow signage.
Elkford/Fernie/SparwoodSparwood Health Centre

570 Pine Ave
Book onlineTurn into the southern entrance for Sparwood Health Centre. Testing is drive-through. Follow signage . Pull up to STOP sign parallel to the sliding door. Stay in your vehicle and a nurse will direct you.
EnderbyEnderby Health Centre

707 3 Ave
Book onlinePark in front of orange pylon at back of parking lot. A nurse will meet you.
GoldenGolden and District Hospital

835 9 Ave South
Book onlinePark in designated stall facing the helipad. Remain in vehicle until directed by a nurse.
Grand ForksBoundary District Hospital

7649 22 Street
Book onlinePark in designated "Testing Only" stall to left of main entrance. Call 250-442-7215 and a nurse will direct you.
InvermereInvermere & District Hospital, 850 10th Ave (10th St. entrance)Book onlineEnter on 10th St. Located next to BC ambulance services.Follow signage and stay in your vehicle until a nurse directs you.
KamloopsKamloops Public Health

519 Columbia Street
Book onlineFollow signage to rear of building. Line up at entrance at your appointment time. Do not enter main public health building.
KelownaKelowna Community Collection Centre 2180 Ethel StBook onlineEntrance on Glenwood Ave. Please follow signage.
LillooetLillooet Hospital & Health Centre

951 Murray Street
Book onlineTesting in trailer at the back of the staff parking lot. Park at the right and stay in vehicle until directed by the nurse.
LyttonClosed. Testing available in Lillooet, Ashcroft or Merritt
MerrittNicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre

3451 Voght Street
Book onlinePark next to Nicola House and walk to the left of the building and onto the deck. Stand at the sliding glass door and a nurse will direct you.
NakuspArrow Lakes Hospital 97-1st Avenue NE, NakuspBook onlineLocated at the south side of hospital, near helicopter pad. Drive through testing. Follow the arrows and signs in the parking lot.
NelsonKootenay Lake Hospital

3 View Street
Book onlinePark in designated stall. Enter plastic awning area and follow signage.
New DenverSlocan Community Health Centre, 401 Galena Avenue, New Denver,Book onlineIn the underhang in main parking lot
PentictonPenticton Community Collection Centre

140-3547 Skaha Lake Road
Book onlineEnter from Yorkton Ave. Park in designated spot and call number listed on arrival. If no cell phone, use sanitizing station at entrance and ring doorbell.
Princeton98 Ridgewood DriveBook onlineMobile testing clinic behind Ridgewood Lodge Long-term care. Drive thru testing
RevelstokeRevelstoke Health Centre

1200 Newlands Rd
Book onlinePark in the staff parking lot and remain in your vehicle. A nurse will phone you.
Salmon ArmSalmon Arm Public Health Centre

851 16 St NE
Book onlinePark at the far end of the parking lot in the designated stalls (look for the orange cones). Stay in your car. The nurse will call or meet you at your car.
Sun PeaksSun Peaks Centre, 3200 Village WaySun Peaks collection centre is now closed.
TrailTrail Glenmerry, 2985 Highway Drive, TrailBook onlineLook for signage of where to enter building for either drive-in or walk-in. Do not enter main ICBC reception area.
VernonVernon Health Centre -1440 - 14th AveBook onlinePark in COVID designated stall. Wait outside the COVID testing entrance until directed inside.
West KelownaUnit110-2300 Carrington Road Book onlineLocated at the Acorn Plaza. In same parking lot as McDonalds.
Williams LakeCariboo Memorial Hospital

517 North 6th Avenue
Book onlinePark next to white trailer in Parking Lot B. Stay in your vehicle until a nurse directs you.

First Nation Health Service Organizations  COVID 19 Community Collection Centres

Interior Health is collaborating with First Nation Health Service Organizations who would like to implement COVID-19 testing within their community. The principle of this work is to ensure that access to testing is available for those presenting with symptoms and who live in remote and rural First Nation communities.

Testing at First Nation Health Service Organizations is by appointment. Please call to determine testing times and to determine eligibility to access testing.

LocationFacilityAddressPhone Number
ColdwaterScw'exmx Health Services103-2090 Coutlee Ave Merritt250-378-9745
Lower Similkameen Indian BandLower Similkameen Indian Band Building1420 Hwy 3, Cawston250-499-2265 Extension 129 or 144
Lytton First NationLytton First Nation250-256-8182
NooaitchScw'exmx Health Services103-2090 Coutlee Ave Merritt250-378-9745
Okanagan Indian Band Community Services and Development76 Head of Lake Road, Vernon
250-542-5094 or
Penticton Indian BandSnxastwilxtn Centre “A Place to Heal”198 Outma Sqilx’w Place250-493-7799
ShackanScw'exmx Health Services103-2090 Coutlee Ave Merritt250-378-9745
Simpcw (Barriere)Simpcw Health Department7555 Dunn Lake Rd, Barriere250-672-9925
or 778-220-8783
SplatsinSplatsin Health Centre5775 Old Vernon Road250-838-9538
Stswecem’c (Dog Creek)Dog Creek health Centre5822 Lily Ln.250-398-9814
Three Corners Health Society- Williams LakeThree Corners Health Society150 N. 1st Ave250-398-9814
Tlesqox/TooseyToosey Clinic36 Raven Rd
Toosey, Riske Cr
Ulkatcho/Anahim LakeAnahim Lake Nursing Station6674 Clinic Lane
Westbank First NationHealth and wellness building upstairs entrance1900 Quail LaneDrive through testing only
Williams Lake - TexelcSugar Cane Health Centre2780 Indian Dr.250-398-9814
Xatsull (Soda Creek)Soda Creek Health Centre3405 Mountain House Rd.250-398-9814
Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek)Canoe Creek Health Centre23 Meadow Lake Rd.250-398-9814
Yunesit'in/StoneYunesit’in Health Clinic and Government Office-6678 Taseko Rd Hanceville250-394-4041


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