To Save Lives, We Must Drastically Increase COVID-19 Testing in BC!

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We, concerned citizens of British Columbia, respectfully but urgently demand that COVID-19 diagnostic testing in B.C. be drastically increased without delay. B.C.’s per capita testing rate is now approximately 40 percent lower than the Canadian average, as our province continues to employ less than 40 percent of its daily testing capacity. This is unacceptable.

To protect the most vulnerable members of our society and lower the risk of a deadly second wave of COVID-19, B.C. officials must heed our Prime Minister’s call for “massive, widespread testing.” We must immediately begin to employ our full testing capacity of almost 7,000 tests per day. As has been done in other Canadian provinces, testing criteria in B.C. must be expanded to allow for the testing of a large number of people without symptoms as a means of detecting asymptomatic carriers of the disease, also known as “silent spreaders.” With a proactive testing strategy of this kind, we can stop outbreaks before they begin and save many lives.

Premier Horgan, Mr. Dix and Dr. Henry have repeatedly exhorted the citizens of B.C. to “be 100 percent committed, all of us, to doing our part” in the battle against COVID-19. We need our leaders to show the same level of commitment in the crucial matter of COVID-19 testing. To save the lives of as many British Columbians as possible, we urge Premier Horgan, Mr. Dix and Dr. Henry to do their parts by implementing the measures called for above and employing 100 percent of our testing capacity without further delay.