Read about getting tested for COVID-19. How to use Rapid antigen tests, when to get a PCR test and where to find COVID-19 RAT collection points and PCR testing centres.
If you get tested and find out you have COVID-19, it is normal to feel worried or scared. Most likely you will have minor cold and flu-like symptoms and will recover safely at home.
There are a few different tests for COVID-19. Find out what kind of test you should get if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
If you have completed a rapid antigen test and it shows you have COVID-19:
If you have completed a PCR test, you will receive:
If you have COVID-19, you must stay home and isolate for 5 days.
Your isolation period starts the day after you took the test confirming you have COVID-19. You can only leave isolation if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.
You must stay away from other people so you don’t give the virus to someone else, and when you are around other people you must wear a mask on days 6 and 7 after your positive test.
For more information, download the ‘How to isolate at home when you have COVID-19’ fact sheet (PDF 546KB). Watch the "What is isolation" video in English or "What is isolation" video in Pitjantjatjara language.
For housing support and advice, call the SA COVID-19 Information Line 1800 253 787
A ‘close contact’ is someone you have been around while you were infectious.
Think of people you:
For more information about testing and isolation requirements for close contacts, visit the close contacts webpage.
After you find out you have COVID-19 and have reported your RAT test results or received your PCR test result, you may receive a website link to a survey sent to your phone. Help us to help you. Answer questions about who you have been in contact with.
For more information, visit the managing your symptoms at home webpage.
For more information, visit the SA Health COVID-19 advice webpage.