There have been changes implemented in testing for COVID-19 in Kamloops.
Interior Health has altered the process, with testing for all people with symptoms of COVD-19 done by appointment at Kamloops Public Health, downtown at 519 Columbia St.
Widespread testing was previously also conducted at the Kamloops Urgent Primary Care Centre in Royal Inland Hospital. However, only urgent testing with a physician or nurse practitioner referral will now take place at that location.
Interior Health said this change is being made to allow staff at the primary care centre to focus on urgent cases.
Testing hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, but that schedule will expand to Mondays through Saturdays beginning on Sept. 28.
People can book appointments seven days a week by calling 250-851-7467.
All the information on how to book a COVID-19 test can be found by clicking here.
Interior Health said it is not essential to get a test within 48 hours of noticing symptoms related to COVID-19, adding that people with such symptoms should self isolate before and after their test and until the symptoms are gone.
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.
Symptoms have included fever, cough, difficulty breathing and pneumonia in both lungs
To date, most people are getting in for appointments within 24 hours of calling. The health authority said a delay last weekend with booking appointments was related to transitioning COVID-19 testing to the public health unit and a steep increase in call volumes after school started.
Interior Health said even those with negative test results should still stay home if they have fever, chills, a persistent cough, diarrhea or are vomiting.