Implementing saline gargle sample collection for COVID-19 testing
Linda MN Hoang, MD, MHSc, FRCPC; Michael Donoghue, Senior Project Manager UBC CDC; Meghan McLennan, BSc, MLT
At the end of 2019, rumours started circulating about a mystery illness in China. Within weeks, and as cases began to rise in Wuhan, China released the genetic sequence of a novel coronavirus on January 10. UBC Pathology faculty based at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) Public Health Laboratory, along with staff and technologists, immediately started developing a nucleic acid test (NAT) for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Within ten days, an effective assay was developed. On January 27th, we identified the first positive BC case. Now, just over a year later, we have tested xxxx number of samples across BC, and identified yyyyy number of positive cases.