B.C. has launched an online self-assessment test that anyone can take if they are concerned they might have COVID-19.
The provincial test, includes questions about severity of symptoms and recent travel history, as well as instructions on what to do if someone does in fact need to be tested or see a doctor.
Since launching on Monday, March 16, more than 500,000 people have tried the test, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced Tuesday afternoon.
“You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to,” the website reads.
The new website comes as the province also unveiles a new phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19, at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or by text message at 1-888-268-4319.
Anyone who thinks they may have the novel coronavirus should also contact HealthLink BC, by dialling 811.
Reminder for BC:
Already over 250,000 people have checked their symptoms online.
If you need immediate medical support, call 811.
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) March 17, 2020