Care is available for all positive COVID-19 cases.
If you have a positive PCR test result you will receive a message from the Department of Health.
You will need to help with contact tracing, to identify people who may be close contacts and need to be tested or quarantined to prevent further spread of the virus. See What to do if you test positive.
The Department of Health will help you decide if you can isolate at home until you are no longer at risk of infecting others, or if you need to isolate somewhere else, 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.
Most fully vaccinated people will only experience mild illness and symptoms. See Understand your symptoms for more details.
Options for care
If you have mild to moderate symptoms you may receive health care in your home through the COVID@home program. If you choose to be enrolled, and meet the higher-risk categories, you will be monitored and cared for by a team of staff from the Department of Health including doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals. The team will coordinate your clinical, social and wellbeing support until you are released from isolation.
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 Burnie, with care provided on-site by clinical health staff. People who typically require care in a community facility are those with moderate symptoms, those who do not have a suitable place to isolate and recover or those who have no social supports available to support in-home care. If you are very unwell due to COVID-19, you will be treated in hospital.
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.
If you have mild to moderate symptoms you can enrol in the COVID@home program for remote care and support.
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