All rapid tests in BC already accounted for: Dr. Henry

VICTORIA, B.C. – All the rapid tests in the province are spoken for, according to BC’s top doctor. The upcomin…

VICTORIA, B.C. – All the rapid tests in the province are spoken for, according to BC’s top doctor.

The upcoming supply of rapid tests are earmarked for schools, remote communities and healthcare settings as the province waits for more from the federal government.

“They are not here yet, and when they begin to arrive, they will be different kinds of tests,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry during Friday’s COVID-19 briefing.

The tests from the federal government are expected to start arriving in the middle of next week.

Henry says those tests will need to be used for healthcare workers, those at risk for serious illness, residents 55 and older, pregnant people and those working and living in high-risk settings.

With the recent surge in cases, Health Minister Adrian Dix called the updated hospital capacity numbers “not surprising.”

Hospitals are at 95.1 per cent capacity, with 8,778 patients across the province.

Just under 90 per cent of overall critical care beds are occupied, and the 454 patients in critical care occupy 10 per cent of surge critical care beds.

Of the 1.1 million tests not sent out yet, Dix says some will not be appropriate for self-use, they will need to be used by medical health officers.

There are 577,440 tests that are designated for self-use. Those tests will be used at COVID-19 testing sites and for symptomatic healthcare workers, according to the Health Minister.

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