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COVID-19 Test: When do I need one?

COVID-19 testing keeps the circle of protection strong


  • COVID-19 tests help detect infections so we can take action to reduce spreading it to people around us.
  • Taking a COVID-19 test is an important layer of protection to detect and control the virus in our communities. 
  • Make it a habit to get tested when recommended. Help keep the circle of protection strong around your family and community. 
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Testing helps detect infections


  • COVID-19 tests help us know when people are infected with the virus, whether they have symptoms or not. 
  • Some people don’t have any symptoms (asymptomatic) or have very mild symptoms. 
  • Anyone who catches COVID-19 can transmit the virus to people around them, whether they have symptoms or not. 
  • People who catch COVID-19 can transmit the virus to people around them, even if they are vaccinated.


Keep the circle of protection strong: Get tested


  • It's important to find out if you are infected so you can avoid making other people sick. 
  • Testing provides knowledge for people so they can take steps and actions to reduce transmission to their family and community members. 
The ihiibisch is a circle of protection in Cree culture
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When should I take a COVID-19 test?


  • If you have any symptoms or feel sick.
  • Symptoms could be: a cough, tiredness, fever, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, headache, aches and pains.
  • If you've had recent contact with someone who has COVID-19 (for example, you visited a family member or shared a car ride with someone).

If any of these situations happens, you can get tested at the CMC or Hospital, or use a rapid test. 

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I'm vaccinated?


  • If you're fully vaccinated, you have a strong layer of protection against severe COVID-19 disease.
  • The vaccine protects people against severe disease and hospitalization.
  • People who are vaccinated have a lower chance of becoming infected, but they can still catch COVID-19.
  • When that happens, they can still pass on the virus to people around them.
  • Any person who catches COVID-19 can pass it on to people around them, whether they've had their vaccines or not. 


The Cree Board of Health recommends you wear a mask in certain situations to protect yourself and people around you.

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