Isolation

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2022 4:44pm

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.

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 number provided to you.

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.

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.

You must isolate at home or in private accommodation for a minimum of 7 days. If you’re living with others, isolate away from them. Visit Isolation and COVID-19 support for more information.

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.

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.

Public Health will send you an email on day 7 of your isolation. This email will contain an official letter of release from isolation and can be used as proof of release or as a medical certificate.

If you have remaining symptoms (temperature, sore throat, fever, headaches, body aches) after 7 days, you should isolate for an additional 3 days for a total of 10 days in isolation.

Cases released from isolation do not need to quarantine if they are re-exposed to a case in their household in the month after their diagnosis. After 1-month cases should get retested if they develop symptoms and quarantine if a household member tests positive for COVID-19.

If you leave isolation before the end of 7 days, you may face criminal charges or a fine.

If you’re unsure when you can leave isolation, call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or talk to the Public Health team.

Isolation means 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 quarantine for 7 days from their last exposure to you while you were infectious (see close contacts for more information)
    • is providing medical care for you and/or is entering for an emergency – this person then becomes a close contact and must quarantine for 7 days from their last exposure to you while you were infectious.

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

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

Tell your close contacts who are household and household-like contacts - they must quarantine for 7 days. Go to what to do if you test positive to COVID-19 – checklist for further details on what to do.

It is important that you look after yourself while you are in isolation. If you require assistance, refer to: