What to do if I test positive for COVID-19
Most people who test positive to COVID-19 will be able to safely recover at home. Get advice on the steps you should take and how you can access support.
If you test positive in a PCR test, you will receive a text message from SA Health and/or the laboratory telling you that you have tested positive for COVID-19.
If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, you should report your positive result. After you have reported your result, you will receive a text message from SA Health with more information.
To reduce the risk to others, if you test positive to COVID-19, you should:
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may be infectious for up to 10 days but you are most infectious in the two days before your symptoms start and while you have symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever).
If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, report your result using the online form.
If you don’t have a mobile phone with internet access, you can report your result by calling the Communicable Disease Control Branch on 1300 232 272, 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. If you test positive outside of these hours and cannot report your result online, report your result on the next business day.
It’s likely you will have been in close contact with other people while you were infectious.
Your close contacts include people living with you or who you have spent a lot of time with indoors.
You are considered infectious two days before your symptoms started. If you didn’t have any noticeable symptoms, you are considered infectious two days before you had your positive COVID-19 test taken.
Find more information about what your close contacts should do.
It is important to monitor your symptoms while isolating at home so you know if you need to access medical support. You can also use healthdirect’s online symptom checker to help monitor
If you need health support while managing your COVID-19 symptoms at home, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 (available 24 hours, 7 days) or your usual GP.
In an emergency, or if you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing at rest or chest pain, call Triple Zero (000) and tell them you are COVID-19 positive.
Visit the COVID-19 health support page for information about what health support is available after testing positive to COVID-19.
Visit the Mental health support page for information about looking after your mental health and wellbeing during isolation, as well as what support and services are available.
For COVID-19 posters, fact sheets, videos and audio resources in languages other than English, visit the translated resources page.