Testing positive to COVID-19

What should you do now?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 on a RAT or PCR test, you must self-isolate 7 days from the date you got tested, even if you are fully vaccinated. If you have any symptoms after 7 days, you should stay in isolation until 24 hours after oyour symptoms have disappeared.

You may only leave isolation to get a COVID-19 test, seek medical attention, or to avoid an emergency situation or harm.

When self-isolating, you should:

  • stay separated from people you live with during your self-isolation period

  • use a separate bathroom if possible, or clean after use

  • stay and sleep in a separate room

  • avoid sharing household items including dishes, cups, towels and bedding. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap

  • avoid shared facilities, including common areas, the gym, laundry room, pool or shared outdoor area

  • wear a mask in shared areas

  • wash your hands regularly​

  • clean surfaces you touch

Who should you notify?

If you have tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test, you should register your result with Service NSW. You do not need to register your result if you tested positive on a PCR test.

You should immediately notify anyone you live with, and anyone you have been with in the 2 days leading up to your positive test result. We will notify all facilities you have worked at in the 2 days prior to your positive result.


If you have tested positive and are under 65 years of age, double vaccinated, are not pregnant and have no chronic health conditions, you can safely look after yourself at home.

However, if you are considered high risk of severe disease, you should contact your GP.

This includes individuals who are:

  • 65 years or older

  • Unvaccinated (if 16 years or older)

  • Immunocompromised

  • Pregnant

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Monitor your symptoms

In most cases, people who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms and will recover in a few days.

If you develop any of the following severe symptoms, you should call 000 immediately:

  • Severe dizziness

  • Confusion

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chest pressure or pain lasting more than 10 minutes

  • Inability to stand

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