Testing positive for COVID-19 

We understand that testing positive can bring up a whole range of concerns for you and your whānau. Most people, especially if they are fully vaccinated and boosted, are likely to experience mild to moderate symptoms and will be able to get well at home, much like the common cold. However, it is understandable if you are feeling worried, and there is help and support here if you need it.

Your guide after you test COVID-19 positive

You need to self-isolate

From the day you first notice symptoms or from the day you test positive for COVID-19,  whichever comes first, you must self-isolate for 7 days.  You are able to leave to get medical care or in an emergency. 

Here is some guidance on how you and your whānau can self-isolate safely and get well. 


How to self-isolate
Telling people you have COVID-19

You can help slow the spread by telling people you have had contact with as soon as possible; this includes those that are close contacts, your household members, your work, and any other schools or clubs that you visited recently. 

Who you should tell
Monitor your symptoms

If your symptoms get worse or you need urgent medical care, call your local healthcare provider or Healthline on 0800 358 5453

If you or the person you are caring for has difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, fainting or becomes unconscious, call 111 immediately.

Managing symptoms
Look after yourself and whānau

It is important that you look after yourself and your whānau's mental health and wellbeing, as well as the physical symptoms. It is ok to feel stressed and anxious. 


Your mental health and wellbeing

Help and Support 

Call the COVID-19 Healthline 0800 358 5453 (24 hours 7 days a week) and always call 111 in an emergency.

There are other support options and resources available that can help you and your whānau during this time.  

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