Covid-19 Drive-Thru Testing
If you are having difficulty breathing or are experiencing any other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately or go to Emergency at the hospital. Please advise them of your symptoms and travel history.
The Medical Clinic Associates is now offering Drive-Thru testing for COVID-19 for those exhibiting symptoms. Patients remain in their vehicle through the entire test, similar to a drive-thru service. Drive-thru testing is by appointment only. You may request an appointment if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Fever / chills
- New onset or worsening cough
- New onset or worsening fatigue
- Sore throat / hoarse voice
- Pink eye
- Loss of appetite / difficulty swallowing
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain
- Loss of taste or smell
- Runny nose, sneezing, or nasal congestion
- Shortness of breath
We will contact you between 9am and 11am by phone Monday to Friday. Please ensure that you provide a valid phone number when requesting your appointment.
This is a drive by test performed by a physician. We remind you, if you need a detailed assessment, this is best accomplished by your Family Doctor or by visiting Emergency at the Hospital.
Request an Appointment
What are the next steps after my COVID-19 test?
SELF ISOLATE. Return home and avoid contact with others while you wait for your test result.
If you are test positive, public health will contact you
If you are a health care provider, please contact your employer or follow your organization's process.
How do I get the results of my COVID-19 test?
Text Message: Sign up to get a negative result by text directly to your cell phone here.
Online: Go to myehealth.ca, except for residents of Island Health and Interior Health regions.
Online: Residents of Interior Health region can check their result online on My Health Portal here.
Call: Residents of the Island Health region can call the Laboratory Call Centre line (1-866-370-8355). Open Monday to Friday from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM and weekends from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Call: BCCDC’s COVID-19 Negative Results line (1-833-707-2792). Open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily.
What should I do if I test positive?
Please self-isolate until the following criteria are met:
At least 10 days have passed since the start of your symptoms,
AND your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications (e.g Tylenol, Advil),
AND you are feeling better (e.g. Improvment in runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue).
If public health provides you with different advice, follow their instructions.
What should I do if I test negative?
If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider or call 811.
If you have symptoms of illness, continue to isolate until your symptoms resolve.
If you are a health care provider; speak with your employer about return to work policies.
If you are a contact of COVID-19 case, continue to self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact.
If you are a traveller returning to Canada, you must continue to isolate for 14 days from arrival back in B.C.
Where do I go for testing?
The Medical Clinic Associates testing site is located at the rear of the Clinic and can be accessed off Alberni Street please proceed through the back alley of the Clinic following the signs posted. Please do not use public transportation, including taxis or ride-sharing. Please wear a mask and remain in your vehicle at all times. If on foot, please inform the Medical Office Assistant at requesting time and follow instructions provided at that time.
How long do results take?
Approximately 24-48 hours. Please self-isolate while waiting for results.
How is the test performed?
The test begins with the patient blowing their nose and tilting their head back slightly to provide the health care practitioner easy access to the nasal passageways. Once the patient’s nose is cleared, the health-care worker inserts a long flexible swab into the patient’s nostril to collect a sample from the depths of their sinuses.
The swag goes quite deep - all the way back to the upper part of the throat behind the nose called the nasopharynx. To ensure that the sample contains enough material, the swab must remain in place for several seconds.
Although unpleasant, widespread testing is considered one of the most effective defences against the pandemic.
Do I need to be a patient at The Medical Clinic?
No, you do not need to be a patient at The Medical Clinic Associates. Please provide the name of your Family Physician at the time that you request your appointment.