December 8th, 2020
Dear Sun Peaks Residents,
COVID TESTING at SUN PEAKS
Hopefully you have heard by now that Covid-19 testing is now available in Sun Peaks, 3 days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 12pm) in the new Sun Peaks Center (across from the hockey rink).
It should be recognized this came about by tireless work from Laura Bantock, our Executive Director and cooperation from the Interior Health Authority and the Division of Family Practice in Kamloops.
Testing is done by appointment only and can be done either online at InteriorHealth.ca or by telephoning 1877-740-7747. Currently only symptomatic people are being tested, but the list of symptoms for Covid can range a great deal. It can be from the ‘classic’ sore throat, fever/chills and cough to such things as stomach pains, diarrhea, chest pain, just generally feeling ‘unwell’. So, if in doubt, best to get a test.
We have organized it so that you will be given the option when you are tested of having my name on the requisition even if you are not a patient in the Health Centre. That way the results will come to me, usually by the following morning, and one of the healthcare professionals from the Health Centre will call you with the results, positive or negative at our very earliest opportunity.
If you are a Canadian but from another Province you can be tested provided you have your health care card with you. If you are from outside of Canada, you will need your passport and/or a work visa, to bring along for the nurses to check and record this information.
All testing is covered by the Province of BC. The exception is if you are wishing to be tested prior to taking a flight, this testing must be done in Vancouver prior to the flight and is a private service done outside of the health authorities. For more information: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-professionals/clinical-resources/covid-19-care/covid-19-testing/viral-testing
The hope and objective is that when Covid arises here, and it will, that we can get onto contract tracing immediately and hopefully stem any major outbreak. This strategy will serve ultimately to help keep the resort open and all of us skiing! This will take cooperation from EVERYONE and not just in testing, but yes, keeping those masks on, social distancing and keep performing good hygiene.
Thank you all for continuing your collective efforts, it will make a difference. We will make it!
Shane Barclay, MD