What to do if you have COVID-19

A positive test result means you have COVID-19


Finding test results

  • Rapid point-of-care tests are done at home
  • PCR test results may be accessed online at MYHEALTH.GNB.CA

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COVID-19 testing

More information on testing options for COVID-19


If your test results are positive

Do the following:

  • Isolate - follow the isolation guidance below.
  • Notify your close contacts
  • Notify your employer that you have tested positive for COVID-19 without delay. If you work in a vulnerable setting you may be provided modified isolation guidance.
  • Register your positive result online to help us understand the level of circulating illness.
  • If you have a positive rapid point-of-care test, please register your positive result.
  • mask continuously (while out of the home)

You do not need any further testing during your isolation.


Isolate

If you are fully vaccinated (2 doses)

  • Isolate for 5 days after your first positive test date.
  • Once you have completed your 5-day isolation, you must 
    • mask continuously
    • avoid vulnerable settings and gatherings for the next 5 days

If you are not fully vaccinated (0 or 1 dose)

  • Isolate for 10 days after your first positive test date.

If you are immunocompromised

  • Isolate for 10 days regardless of your vaccination status.

When to stop isolating

You may stop isolating when these three criteria are met:

  1. You have completed your isolation period; AND
  2. You have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications; AND
  3. Your symptoms are improving. 

How to isolate

  • Stay home and avoid all contact with other household members (especially those who are not vaccinated).
  • Wash hands often.
  • Wear a multi-layered, well-fitting mask if you briefly need to share a common space.

Isolation

Isolation is about protecting others and slowing down the spread of COVID-19


Notify your close contacts

You must tell your household contacts and community close contacts about your positive COVID-19 test result. These are the people who were within two metres (six feet) of you for at least 15 minutes without masking or barriers in place during the:

  • 48 hours before you developed symptoms

OR

  • 48 hours before you tested positive (whichever came first)

If any of your contacts are experiencing 1 or more symptoms of COVID-19 they must get tested.


Your household contacts

These are the people who live with you, who share common spaces such as a kitchen, living room and bathroom. It also includes anyone with whom you may have had intimate contact when you were infectious.

Contacts who work in a vulnerable setting must notify their employer without delay. They may be provided with modified isolation guidance.

Fully vaccinated (2 doses) household contacts who do not have any symptoms must:

  • Isolate for 5 days unless otherwise directed by Public Health.
  • Monitor for symptoms.
  • Get tested if 1 or more symptoms develops.
  • Once you have completed your 5-day isolation, you must mask continuously when outside your home, avoid vulnerable settings and gatherings for the next 5 days.

If you aren’t fully vaccinated or are immunocompromised and do not have any symptoms you must:

  • Isolate for 10 days, unless otherwise directed by Public Health.
  • Monitor for symptoms.
  • Get tested if 1 or more symptoms develops.

Your community close contacts

Regardless of their vaccination status, they must:

  • Closely self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days after the last time you were together when you were infectious.
  • Mask continuously when outside the home, Wash hands often and physical distance in public settings.
  • Avoid gatherings or visiting places where vulnerable people may live (i.e. nursing homes, correctional facilities and shelters).
  • Get tested if 1 or more symptoms develops.