What to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

If you've been notified by your covid Alert app, or think you've been exposed to someone who has tested positive for covid 19, follow these steps to take care of yourself and protect others.

Step 1: Get tested

Go to an assessment centre and get tested for covid 19.

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Step 2: Stay home until you get your test results

Stay home and self-isolate until you get your results.

It could take a couple of days to get your test results. You can check your test results online. If you test positive, you will get a call from public health.

Step 3: If your test is positive – self isolate and notify

If you test positive, you will get a call from a public health official who will:

  • tell you how long you must stay home and self-isolate
  • ask you for a list of your close contacts
  • follow up with each of your contacts and tell them what they should do (such as get tested or self-isolate)
  • ask you to follow up with your contacts as soon as you can with any time-sensitive advice

If you have the covid Alert app, you can also notify other app users you’ve been near, by going to the Test Results Website and following the instructions.

Step 4: If your test is negative – stay safe and monitor

If you test negative, and were not given specific advice to self-isolate:

  • if you haven’t already, download the covid Alert app so you can get a notification if someone you’ve been near tests positive