You’ve tested positive for COVID-19. Learn what to do next.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must immediately:
- Self-isolate - this means staying home and minimizing your contact with other household members. Do not go to work, school or public places.
- Complete the online COVID-19 Case and Contact Info Form. Completing this form will start the process of contact tracing and make sure that those potentially exposed can self-isolate and get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.
Identifying and reporting your contacts
To help us protect your loved ones and community, consider who you were with, and where you've been in the week before you started feeling ill. Complete the COVID-19 Case and Contact Info Form to start the process of contact tracing.
After completing the form, continue to self-isolate and notify your close contacts. Public Health will reach out to you in the coming days to discuss the information in the form and provide further instruction. You must answer the phone when Public Health calls. The call display will say Fraser Health.
Notifying close contacts
Start notifying your close contacts that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and ask them to self-isolate. You may advise your close contacts that they do not need COVID-19 testing unless they are experiencing symptoms. They can use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment tool to assess themselves.
Close contacts include:
- People who live in the same home as you
- People who you spent longer than 15 minutes with, where you and the other person/people were less than six feet (two metres) apart and were not wearing masks. This includes people that you may have worked or socialized with.
- This does not include daycares or school communities or classrooms. Public Health will follow-up on theses settings specifically.
How to isolate in your household if you've tested positive for COVID-19
If you live with other people, avoid contact with them if you can. Stay and sleep in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if possible. Find more information about what to do if you have COVID-19 or information if you are caring for someone with COVID-19.
Manage how you're feeling
There is no specific treatment for disease caused by COVID-19. Many of the symptoms can be managed with home treatment such as drinking plenty of fluids, rest and using a humidifier or hot shower to ease a cough or sore throat.
You can call 8-1-1 anytime to talk to a nurse at HealthLinkBC, available in 130 languages.
If your symptoms worsen, or if you do not improve after 5 or 6 days, call Fraser Health Virtual Care at 1-800-314-0999 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 days a week or 8-1-1 outside of those hours, your family doctor or Urgent and Primary Care Centre, so they can determine if you need to be assessed again.
If, at any time, you are feeling unwell and are worried this might be an emergency due to severe difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 9-1-1 — emergency departments are available to those who need them.
Getting back to normal – when can I end my isolation?
People with COVID-19 will need to isolate for at least 10 days from when their symptoms started or when they got tested, whichever date comes first.
If your symptoms persist beyond 10 days, stay isolated and call 8-1-1, your family doctor or Urgent and Primary Care Centre, so they can determine if you need to be assessed again.