VICTORIA — The British Columbia government says COVID-19 rapid tests are now available at participating pharmacies for people aged 18 and over. 

The Health Ministry says one kit containing five rapid antigen tests is available for people with a B.C. personal health number every 28 days.

It says the tests should be used by those experiencing symptoms of illness.

Also Wednesday, the ministry reported one more death from COVID-19 in the province, pushing the death toll to 2,975.

Hospitalizations have ticked up by four for a total of 258 patients, including 49 in intensive care.

There are five ongoing outbreaks at health-care facilities in the province, with four in long-term care homes and one at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

The province says 91 per cent of those 12 years and older have received their second vaccination, while 57.1 per cent have had a booster shot.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 23, 2022.

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