Many coming to Delta's COVID-19 testing site

City also wants better data as number of cases rise

Delta’s testing site is busier than ever as active COVID-19 cases in B.C. are at an all-time high.

The Delta Division of Family Practice, in partnership with Fraser Health, established the testing and collection site a few months ago. The site is located at the Delta South Home Health Office at the side of City Hall in Ladner.

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Mayor George Harvie this week said there’s now daily lineups as long as 50 people waiting to get into the facility.

Fraser Health notes COVID-19 testing is recommended for anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones.

If you don't have symptoms, you do not require a test unless public health directs you to be tested, according to FHA. 

If you are unsure whether to seek medical care or get tested, contact your family physician, health care provider, call 8-1-1 or use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool.

Members of the public may book an appointment for testing through their family doctor, or walk, or drive to the site, and be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information call the office at 604-952-3851 or call 8-1-1.

Meanwhile, the City of Delta is seeking more frequent, updated numbers when it comes to COVID-19 cases locally.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control recently released municipal-level data on how many people had been diagnosed with the disease in their local communities.

The data only shows the numbers from January to the end of July among the communities in all the health authorities. It showed Delta had 62 cases during that period.

Noting those numbers are out of date, Harvie said a motion will be discussed at the upcoming Metro Vancouver board meeting for the mayors to ask the province for weekly numbers.

A concerned Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Monday said the number of new cases is placing a heavy strain on public health teams, adding that over 3,000 people are currently under public health monitoring.

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