Isolation

Last Updated: 02 May 2022 12:01am

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You must isolate if you:

  • have been tested for COVID-19 due to having symptoms and haven’t yet received your result
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • are suspected of having COVID-19.

Isolating waiting for a test result

If you have been tested due to having COVID-19 symptoms, it is important that you stay at home while you wait for your results and do not go to work, school, shops or any other social gatherings.

If you live with others, you do not need to stay in a separate room or avoid using shared spaces if you have not yet tested positive. You should still use good hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands regularly to reduce the risk of passing on any illness.

Isolating when you have COVID-19

Isolating from other people when you have COVID-19 is the best way to protect your family and friends from getting the infection and prevent the virus from spreading in the Tasmanian community.

Read the 7-step checklist

To understand what else you need to do to if you test positive, including notifying your close and social contacts.

If you test positive for COVID-19 it is important to look after your health and if needed get help. Call a doctor if your COVID-19 symptoms worsen or the COVID@home team is available to anyone who has COVID-19 on 1800 973 363. Read more about managing your COVID-19 symptoms at home.

Where to isolate when you have COVID-19

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to isolate in one of the following:

  • your home or other suitable accommodation
  • hospital, if you need hospital care
  • a government-managed community case management facility.

If you are not at home/your accommodation when you find out you have tested positive to COVID-19, you must go straight home/to your accommodation. You cannot stop anywhere on the way home, not even to buy medicine or groceries.

You must use personal transport such as a private car. If this is not available, contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 and advise that you require immediate assistance with transport.

Precautions while isolating with COVID-19

If you’re living with others,  you must isolate away from them when you have COVID-19:

  • stay in a separate room from others at all times.
  • if you must be in the same room, be as quick as possible and try to keep at least 1.5 metres away and wear a face mask.
  • sleep in a separate bed in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if you can.
  • try to stay away from shared spaces, like the kitchen and lounge room and only enter them when there is no one else in the room. Do not share household items such as cutlery, plates, bedding and towels. Wash items you use thoroughly.
  • make sure the home/premises has good air flow (open windows and doors to increase air circulation where possible).
  • wash and dry your hands often and well, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • cover all coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a tissue handy, use the inside of your elbow. Put used tissues in the rubbish straight away and wash your hands well.
  • keep personal items like towels, face washers and toothbrushes separate.
  • do not share food or drinks.
  • clean frequently touched surfaces (like door handles, sink taps and benches) in shared areas at least daily, using normal household detergent and disinfectant.
  • wear a face mask if you need to be around other people at home. Only use disposable face masks once.
  • put used face masks, tissues and other rubbish straight into a bin or plastic bag and wash your hands.

When in isolation with COVID-19, you:

  • must not leave your home or accommodation where you are isolating, except in an emergency or to get essential medical care
  • must not go into public places including work and shops
  • must not let any other person into your home unless the person:
    • lives with you and cannot live somewhere else – this person then becomes a close contact and must follow close contact rules for 7 days from the date the first positive test was collected within the household. (see close contacts for more information)
    • is providing medical care for you and/or is entering for an emergency.

If you live in a house, you may go into your private garden or courtyard as long as there is no one there who is not in quarantine or isolation.

You can go onto your private balcony if you live in an apartment or are staying in a hotel.

It is important that you look after yourself while you are in isolation.

If your symptoms get seriously worse (especially if it happens very suddenly), or you feel like it’s an emergency, then call triple zero (000) or go straight to hospital. Make sure you tell them you have COVID-19.

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Release from isolation

Everyone is required to isolate for at least 7 days following the day you had your positive RAT or PCR test. The day you had your test is day 0.

If you have no symptoms on day 7 you can leave isolation.

If you have remaining symptoms after 7 days, you should isolate for an additional 3 days for a total of 10 days in isolation.

Read more about leaving isolation.