Island Health improves access to COVID-19 testing in Greater Victoria

Island Health has opened a new COVID-19 testing site at the University of Victoria. People with cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms can now book an appointment to get a test at the UVIC campus in parking lot 10, off Gordon Head Road via West Campus Way (access off Gordon Head Road).

As with all other Island Health collection sites, the UVIC collection site is by appointment only and will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Drop-in testing is not available.

To meet the demand for COVID-19 testing on the south island, testing capacity and staffing have also been increased at the existing Victoria Health Unit and Peninsula Health Unit collection sites, and a new collection site was opened in September in the Westshore at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre site. We are also exploring options to increase testing capacity within other communities throughout Island Health. 
 
To find out if you require a test, use the bc.thrive.health self-assessment tool. People with symptoms can call: 1-844-901-8442 and expect to hear back from an Island Health representative within 24-hours to schedule a test. Please have your personal health number (or your child’s) available when booking a test and when arriving at the collection site. 

It is recommended that children being tested watch a video in advance to understand and practice the gargle test process. Find more information on symptoms and testing information, visit: www.islandhealth.ca/covid19testing

For information about self-isolation before and after testing, please visit: www.islandhealth.ca/isolation

Our thanks to the University of Victoria for generously providing us with the space to support Island Health’s Pandemic Response Plan.