Northern Health updates process for positive COVID-19 test results

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health has further streamlined and improved the process for contacting those te…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health has further streamlined and improved the process for contacting those testing positive for COVID-19.

The region is still experiencing high test positivity rates, so NH has adjusted the process. Any northern residents who test positive for COVID-19 will receive a single call from Public Health. During this call, the resident will be given self-isolation instructions, including the day their self-isolation will end.

A second call to say the isolation period has ended will no longer be required. This way, NH will now be in line with other health authorities’ follow-up practices.

Previously, NH made changes in December 2020 to help with the backlog of calls and contact tracing.

December’s shift focused resources on detailed contact tracing for cases related to high-priority settings and circumstances, such as known clusters and outbreaks, health care workers, school communities, industrial projects and Indigenous communities. This work continues.

Any residents who receive a positive COVID-19 test result phone call should self-isolate immediately, along with any members of their household, and advise any close contacts to self-monitor for symptoms.

More information can be found on Northern Health’s website.

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