- At-home rapid testing
- Lab-based PCR testing
At-home rapid testing
On this page:
- When should I take a test?
- Where to get a test
- How does the test work?
- If your COVID-19 at-home test is:
You should only take a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
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 an at-home test in the Yukon's communities.
- Bigway in Copper Ridge;
- Medicine Chest Pharmacy's;
- Shoppers Drug Mart on Main Street
- Shoppers Drug Mart in the Qwanlin Mall;
- Save-On Foods;
- Walmart Supercentre; and
- Whitehorse Physiotherapy.
The Department of Education and licensed early learning and child care (ELCC) operators can provide parents with information on how and when to pick up at-home tests.
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:
- Follow the at-home test kit package instructions carefully.
- You can read the instructions online.
If your at-home test result is positive, you may have COVID-19 and should self-isolate.
Find more information about what to do if you get a positive COVID-19 test result.
If your test result is negative and you are not self-isolating for another reason, your next step will depend on your symptoms.
Find more information about what your test results mean.
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're 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.
Lab-based PCR testing
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To get lab-based PCR testing you have to be symptomatic. That means you have symptoms and meet the criteria below. This applies to people in Whitehorse and in communities.
- Cough (or acute exacerbation of a chronic cough)
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Loss of sense of taste or smell
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle aches
- 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
- 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
- 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 at-home rapid test in Whitehorse and most communities.
If you're in a community
Contact your rural community health centre to get a lab-based PCR test.
If you’re in Whitehorse
Book an appointment for a test in Whitehorse
There are 2 ways to book a testing appointment in Whitehorse:
- online; and
- by phone.
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.
If you need assistance booking online, phone 867-393-3083.
You can only book 1 appointment at a time online. To make an appointment for more than 1 person from the same household or group, book consecutive time slots for each person. The people in your household or social group are welcome to arrive at the testing centre in time for the 1st scheduled appointment. We can test your group altogether.
Book a group
If you'd like to book for a group:
- phone 867-393-3083; or
- email email@example.com.
When's the testing centre open?
The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre (CTAC) is open:
- Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed between 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.); and
- Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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.
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.
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.