Get a COVID-19 test

  • At-home rapid testing
  • Lab-based PCR testing

  1. At-home rapid testing

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    When should I take a test?

    You should only take a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

    Where to get a test

    COVID-19 at-home test kits are testing devices that you can buy online or over the counter. You use it to test yourself for COVID-19 at home or elsewhere.

    In a community 

    Find where and when you can pick up a at-home test in Yukon communities. 

    In Whitehorse

    If you have COVID-19 symptoms and do not meet the Yukon's approach to testing, you can pick up an at-home test in Whitehorse.

    Where:

    Takhini Arena on the corner of Range Road and Two-Mile Hill.

    When:

    The drive-thru is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    How does the test work?

    At-home test kits provide you with results within about 30 minutes. They’re different from self-collection kits you use to collect a sample to send to a laboratory.

    Do not send samples from self-test kits to a laboratory.

    You should only use a self-test kit that’s been approved by Health Canada.

    When you test yourself:

    If your COVID-19 at-home test is positive

    If your at-home test result is positive, you may have COVID-19.

    If you're in a community

    Contact your rural community health centre to get a lab-based PCR test.

    If you live in Whitehorse

    If your self-administered test result is positive, it's very likely that you have COVID-19. You should isolate for either 7 or 10 days, depending on your vaccination status.

    If you're fully vaccinated and not immunocompromised

    You should isolate for 7 days from the day your symptoms started. Fully vaccinated means you've received:

    • 2 vaccine doses, and your 2nd dose was received within the last 6 months and at least 14 days before your symptoms began; or
    • 3 doses, and your 3rd dose (booster) was received at least 14 days before your symptoms began.

    If you're unvaccinated or partially vaccinated

    You should isolate for 10 days, followed by 4 days of self-monitoring. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated means you have:

    • not received any doses of the vaccine; or
    • received just 1 dose; or
    • received 2 vaccine doses, but your 2nd dose was more than 6 months ago; or
    • received 2 doses, but your 2nd dose was less than 14 days before your symptoms began.

    Isolation of household contacts

    If your rapid test result was positive, your household contacts should either self-monitor or self-isolate, depending on their vaccination status. If they're:

    • fully vaccinated and not immunocompromised (see definition in A above), they should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days; or
    • unvaccinated or partially vaccinated (see definition in B above), they should self-isolate for 7 days, followed by 7 days of self-monitoring.

    If your rapid test is positive, you do not need to get a PCR lab-based test to confirm your results. Your rapid test results do not need to be reported to Yukon Communicable Disease Control.

    Find more information about self-isolating.

    If your at-home test is negative

    If your at-home test is negative, it’s less likely that you have COVID-19. If you have no symptoms and have not been exposed to COVID-19, you can carry on with your daily activities. Make sure you continue to follow all public health advice.[L2] 

    Negative and no symptoms of COVID-19

    You do not need to self-isolate.

    Negative but you have symptoms of COVID-19

    It's still possible you have COVID-19 and you must continue to self-isolate.

    • If another rapid antigen test is available, repeat the test in 24 to 48 hours.
    • If the 2nd test is also negative, then you most likely do not have COVID-19. You can end self-isolation when your symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 hours for nausea, diarrhea, or stomach pain).
    • Your household members can also stop self-isolating if both of your rapid tests are negative, as long as they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. If they have symptoms, they should follow the directions above for people who are symptomatic.

    If your at-home test result is invalid

    An invalid test result means your self-test kit did not produce either a negative or positive result.

    If this happens and you have symptoms you should contact your community health centre or the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre to book a lab-based test if you are eligible. If you are not eligible, you should self-isolate until you no longer have symptoms.

    You should continue to follow all public health advice on limiting the spread of COVID-19.

    How to dispose of your used test kit

    Follow the directions provided with your self-test kit.


  2. Lab-based PCR testing

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    If you're in a community

    Contact your rural community health centre to get a lab-based PCR test.

    If you live in Whitehorse

    New testing criteria: January 5, 2022

    To get lab-based PCR testing you have to be symptomatic. That means you have symptoms and meet the criteria below.

    Common symptoms

    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Cough (or acute exacerbation of a chronic cough)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Runny nose
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of sense of taste or smell
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Muscle aches

    Criteria to be eligible for lab-based PCR testing:

    • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people who are 12 years or older (have not received 2 doses of mRNA vaccine greater than 2 weeks prior to exposure)
    • Residents or staff of a congregate setting:
      • Long-term care and residential care homes
      • Correction centres
      • Shelters and transition homes
      • Mines
    • Patients in acute care settings
    • Front line health care workers with direct patient care (for example family physicians, nurses, dentists) and first responders
    • People who are 50 years and older
    • Live in communities outside of Whitehorse
    • People who are pregnant
    • People who have one or more risk factors for severe disease:
      • Obesity (BMI >30 kg/m2)
      • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
      • Chronic respiratory disease
      • Chronic kidney disease
      • Cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease
      • Immunocompromised or receiving immunosuppressive therapy
      • Intellectual or developmental disabilities

    If you do not meet the criteria for lab-based PCR testing

    You you can pick up a self-administered test in Whitehorse.

    Drive-thru PCR testing facility in Whitehorse

    Where

    91628 Alaska Highway, in the Centennial Motors wash bay (across from the airport). 

    When

    8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 7 days per week.

    You do not need to book an appointment to get tested at the drive-thru.

    Mouth rinse and gargle test is available for children

    The mouth rinse and gargle test is available at the drive-thru to children between 5 and 18 years old. There are specific instructions that must be followed in advance of receiving this test.

    COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre in Whitehorse

    Book an appointment for a test in Whitehorse

    There are 2 ways to book a testing appointment at the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre in Whitehorse:

    • online; and
    • by phone.

    Online

    For an appointment in Whitehorse, you can book online for:

    • yourself; or
    • on behalf of another person (child or dependent).

    You can find ASL videos with instructions on the booking site.

    Book a COVID-19 test

    Phone

    If you need assistance booking online, you can phone 867-393-3083. They'll help book online for you.

    You can only book 1 appointment at a time. To make an appointment for more than 1 person from the same bubble, please book consecutive time slots for each individual. Your bubble is welcome to arrive at the testing centre in time for the first scheduled appointment, and can be seen together. 

    Book a group

    If you'd like to book for a group:

    When's the testing centre open?

    The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre (CTAC) is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

    Where to find the centre

    49A Waterfront Place in Whitehorse.

    The centre is in the building beside the Motor Vehicles office, across the parking lot from Boston Pizza. 

    Phone:

    867-393-3083 

    Before your appointment

    If you have symptoms of COVID-19

    You must self-isolate before your appointment. If you have questions about self-isolation requirements:

    If your test is related to medical travel

    You'll need to bring proof of your need for medical travel to your appointment. This proof could be:

    • a letter,
    • a requisition; or
    • other documentation.

    Do not arrive early or late for your appointment. This is to support appropriate physical distancing at the centre.

    You'll be asked to wait outside or in your vehicle before your test. Dress appropriately for the weather.

    Get your test results

    If you've had a COVID-19 test and received negative test results, what you do next depends on your reason for testing and your symptoms.

    Get your test results