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.
- If you are a Fraser Health resident, 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 (Fraser Health residents only) to start the process of contact tracing.
After completing the form, continue to self-isolate.
Public Health will be in touch.
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.
If Public Health cannot contact with you by phone, then you may also receive a text message with a phone number to call and a reference number to quote. For privacy reasons, test results or personal medical information will not be sent via text. You will not be able to text back - you will get an automated reply that says the number is not monitored.
Please notify your household contacts that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and ask them to self-isolate. You may also choose to notify your close contacts (see below for a description of a close contact), but this is not a requirement.
Close contacts will also be notified directly by Public Health. If Public Health cannot contact them by phone, then they may also receive a text message with a phone number to call and a reference number to quote.
For more information to provide to your close contacts go to our Contact Notification page.
Close contacts are people:
Who live in the same home as you, or
You have spent longer than 15 minutes with, where you and the other person/people were less than 6 feet (2 meters) apart. This includes people that you may have worked or socialized with.
This does not include health care or long-term care facilities, daycares or school communities or classrooms. Public Health will follow-up on these 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 you did not have symptoms when you spoke with public health, but symptoms develop during your isolation period, your isolation period will be longer. In this case, your isolation period will end 10 days from when your symptoms started.
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.
Participate in COVID-19 Research
There are a number of COVID-19 research projects on understanding vaccine effectiveness and safety, treatment of COVID-19, impact on mental health, and more. Find out what research opportunities are available and how to get involved on REACH BC. Everyone can help fight COVID-19.