If you test positive to COVID-19 you should stay home if you have ongoing respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing) and take extra precautions in the days following to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.
You should also tell your close contacts that you have tested positive. Close contacts should monitor for symptoms and test for COVID-19 if they have any symptoms. Here are some simple steps for them to follow.
Find out more about what to do if you test positive to COVID-19.
Care is available for everyone who tests positive to COVID-19 if needed.
Options for care
Most people who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will only experience mild illness and symptoms. See Understand your symptoms for more details.
If you are concerned about your symptoms contact your general practitioner (GP) or healthcare provider in the first instance, or call the COVID@homeplus team on 1800 973 363.
Your GP or the Department of Health through COVID@homeplus, can help you decide if you are well enough stay at home or if you need more medical support. This will be determined by factors such as your age, vaccination status, symptoms, any medical conditions, your home situation and the support you have available.
Anyone who tests positive to COVID-19 can choose to enrol in COVID@homeplus. If your symptoms are moderate or more severe and you meet the higher-risk categories, you will be monitored remotely in your home by the COVID@homeplus team.
If you need extra support to recover from COVID-19, you may isolate and receive treatment in a dedicated Community Case Management Facility. These are located in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport, with care provided on-site by clinical health staff.
Managing your COVID-19 symptoms at home
For most people with COVID-19, symptoms are mild and recovery at home is the best care option.
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