What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

To test positive means you have COVID-19. To test positive means you have COVID-19.
If you test positive for COVID-19 with a PCR test, ACT Health will call you or send you a text message.
If you test positive for COVID-19 with a RAT, you must tell ACT Health.If you test positive for COVID-19 with a RAT, you must tell ACT Health.
You must fill out a form to tell ACT Health you have COVID-19. It is at this website:
Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) - Positive Result Registration Form
ACT Health will then call or send you a text message.
ACT Health will help you get support services if needed.
If you have COVID-19 stay calm.
If you have COVID-19 stay calm.
Most people with COVID-19:
  • do not need to go to hospital
  • will get better at home.
If you have COVID-19 you must stay home.If you have COVID-19 you must stay home.
You must isolate away from other people so you do not give COVID-19 to anyone else.
To isolate or be in isolation means to stay home and away from people.
You must isolate for at least 7 days after the day you test positive.
You must isolate for at least 7 days after the day you test positive.
You can only leave home:
  • to get a COVID-19 PCR test
  • to visit the COVID-19 clinic
  • for emergency medical care
  • in an emergency, like violence at home.
You must tell people you have COVID-19You must tell people you have COVID-19:
  • if you live with them
  • if you spent time with them in the 2 days before
    • you test positive
    • you have COVID-19 symptoms.
Most people who have COVID-19 will not feel very sickMost people who have COVID-19 will:
  • not feel very sick
  • be better in 3 to 4 days.
Some people will feel very sick for 7 to 14 days.Some people will feel very sick for 7 to 14 days.
You have more chance of getting very sick
You have more chance of getting very sick if you:
  • have no COVID-19 vaccine
  • live with a health problem like
    • diabetes
    • lung or heart diseases
    • cancer
  • are older than 65 years of age
  • are pregnant
  • are immunocompromised.
Immunocompromised means you have a health problem that makes it hard for your body to fight disease.
Get help at homeGet help at home
If you have more chance of getting sick, talk to your doctor about the COVID Care@Home program.
Get help at homeThe COVID Care@Home program will give you:
  • doctors and nurses who can help you
  • an app on your mobile phone to help watch your symptoms
  • a phone number you can call at any time if you need help.
ACT Health will give you a clearance from isolation certificateACT Health will give you a clearance from isolation certificate when you can leave isolation.
A clearance from isolation certificate is a document you can show people that says you can leave isolation.

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Last Updated: February 23 2022