MY COVID-19 TEST EXPERIENCE
Last Sunday (Nov. 8th), my daughter started feeling sick. Her symptoms were cough, runny nose, and sore throat. We first did the BC COVID-19 assessment test online, which led us to be recommended to have a COVID-19 test. So we called 811, the nurse health line, and they directed us to a hospital in Burnaby and to BC Children’s Hospital, which are both By Appointment COVID-19 Check Centres that offer the gargle test for kids under grade 12.
Because the Burnaby centre was online, I made an appointment there first and managed to get an appointment for 12:15 PM the next day. BC Children’s Hospital’s phone centre didn’t open until 7:00 AM, and it was Sunday night, and they were closed. I woke up early on Monday morning right away and called BC Children’s Hospital and was answered quickly and efficiently and was told to come in anytime after 8:00 AM. They have free parking, and there was only 3 people ahead of us when we arrived at 8:15 AM!
After we had our test, I went and cancelled my appointment in Burnaby online, which was quick and easy to do.
We received the test results of my daughter by 2:30 PM the same day, and they were negative!
Yesterday (Nov. 15th), a week later, my older kid fell sick with the same symptoms, and we called BC Children’s Hospital directly. When we got there at 8:15 AM this morning, we had one person ahead of us. And we are still waiting for results as I’m writing this story at 4:00 PM!!
We are self isolating and using Uber eats to order Starbucks to lift our spirits. We had a busy day planned while the kids were in school but had to reschedule everything because we have to all
self isolate until we get her results 😦
It feels good to know we are doing our part. It’s extremely inconvenient, but there is so much understanding from everyone and appreciation that we are honest and open about the fact that we are awaiting results and self isolating!
[Update] We got the test results at 8:30 PM. They were NEGATIVE!!!
BC COVID-19 School Update (Nov. 2020)
COVID-19 Daily Health Check Guide
- Chinese – Simplified
- Chinese – Traditional
Public Health Actions
if a Staff, Student or Other Person Who Has Been in the School is a Confirmed COVID-19 Case
TED-Ed Lessons about COVID （Cartoons）
For Kids: Why Do I Have to Wear a Face Mask?
This animated video helps young children understand how face masks can keep them and loved ones safe against the spread of COVID-19 and the proper way to put on and take off a mask. They also learn what else they can do while at school to help prevent the spread of germs.
CDC – How to wear masks and why we wear masks
How to wash your hands/choose hand soap