Any on-reserve or off-reserve members experiencing mild flu-like symptoms can now get tested for COVID-19 at the Three Corners Health Society in Williams Lake says executive director Lori Sellars. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

COVID-19 testing available at Three Corners Health Society in Williams Lake

A testing tent was installed last week

A not-for-profit society in Williams Lake is providing a COVID-19 testing clinic for on-reserve and off-reserve members.

A brown testing tent was installed in the parking lot outside of the Three Corners Health Services Society last week.

Executive Director Lori Sellars said it was something that was needed as many Indigenous people are hesitant to go to the hospital.

“The site will be available as long as it is needed,” she said.

The chain link fence enclosing the parking lot has been made more private after slats were recently installed.

Testing services are available Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m until 4 p.m.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold, and may include coughing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and Interior Health (IH) are collaborating with First Nation health service organizations in the Interior to set up specimen collection for COVID-19 within their communities, an IH spokesperson said.

An IH and FNHA testing collaborative team provides support for planning and implementing First Nation community COVID-19 testing with each community deciding on what model for testing and level of support is needed.

The spokesperson said both health authorities are working to ensure personal protective needs are met for health care providers collecting the swabs. Testing kits are provided by IH.

“This service provides increased access to testing for rural remote communities and supports testing within a community versus people having to travel to a central location.”

IH has testing sites in Williams Lake, Tatla Lake and Alexis Creek and provides outreach testing, as required, in communities along Highway 20 to Ulkatcho.


Do you have a comment about this story? email:
rebecca.dyok@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Traffic violators caught and charged by RCMP throughout June

Canim Lake the scene of many, thankfully, false alarms this month

Williams Lake Stampede Association hosting drive-in movie nights

Fresh Air Cinema, FortisBC are providing the movie nights to communities across B.C.

Take a tour back in time at 150 Mile schoolhouse

Built by local residents in 1896, it served as the community’s only school until 1958

VIDEO: Musqueam Chief captures captivating footage of bald eagle catching meal

‘This is why we have chosen to live here since time immemorial,’ Chief Wayne Sparrow’s nephew says

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Most Read