VICTORIA — British Columbia has hit its COVID-19 testing capacity as the provincial health officer asked residents to not get tested unless they have symptoms.
Dr. Bonnie Henry says the province administered 20,000 COVID-19 PCR tests on Thursday.
She says if someone develops symptoms then they need to adjust holiday plans and self-isolate.
As a result of hitting the testing capacity, Henry says health staff are prioritizing those most at risk and giving take-home antigen tests to younger people at less risk.
She says B.C. is in a "different pandemic" as a result of the Omicron variant.
Health Minister Adrian Dix says the province expects to give out 147,371 vaccinations from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 24, 2021.
The Canadian Press