Rapid antigen test kits are now available for British Columbians aged 40 and over at community pharmacies.
The free kits contain five tests each and are intended to detect COVID-19 if the user becomes ill, rather than checking whether an asymptomatic user has the virus.
Residents can pick up a kit every 28 days using their personal health number or another person’s personal health number and date of birth, if they are picking up a kit for someone else.
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The province’s testing capacity expansion was announced on Tuesday as the province reported no new deaths from COVID-19 and the continued decline in hospitalizations from the virus.
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As of March 10, the British Columbia Ministry of Health said four million rapid tests have been shipped to community pharmacies across the province.
It is expecting another delivery of four million tests from the federal government over the next three weeks.
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There are currently 345 patients in B.C. hospitals with COVID-19, 50 of whom are in intensive care.
The number of active COVID-19 cases confirmed by testing in the province stands at 2,946, with 237 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours.
Nearly 91% of eligible British Columbians aged 12 and older were fully immunized and nearly 57% received a third dose or booster shot.
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