A positive result from a COVID-19 test means that COVID-19 was detected. You very likely have COVID-19 and could pass it on to others.
If you tested positive for COVID-19, you need to:
Self-isolation means keeping away from others to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
If you live with others, stay in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom, or clean and sanitize the bathroom before and after use.
Wear a well-fitting mask and keep two metres between yourself and others in your home when you do have to be in shared spaces.
Do not go to the store or any other location while isolating.
Make sure you have sufficient soap and water, tissues and hand sanitizer.
The FNHA Health Benefits Isolation Support team can help you with accommodation, travel and meals if you need to self-isolate. To see if you are eligible or to find out more, call 1-888-305-1505. For more information see
COVID-19 Guide to Medical Transportation Benefits.
More information on self-isolation:
If you are managing your illness at home you can end isolation when
all three of the following conditions are met:
When you end isolation, you are not considered contagious. However, it can take longer to recover from the illness. Most people recover within two weeks. Some people with more severe symptoms can take 12 weeks or more to feel entirely better.
If you are unsure or concerned, contact your health care provider, call 8-1-1 (to talk to a nurse at HealthLinkBC (24 hours a day, seven days a week), or go to health centre to be assessed.
Indigenous people (and their non-Indigenous family members) may contact the
First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day program (phone: 1-855-344-3800).
Note that some First Nations communities or health regions may have different guidelines for isolation periods.
Most people can safely manage their symptoms with home treatment, such as drinking plenty of fluids, rest, and using a humidifier or hot shower to ease a cough or sore throat. If you have a fever, you can use non-prescription medicine like acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil) to help with some of the symptoms of COVID-19.
If your symptoms worsen, or if you do not improve after five or six days, call 8-1-1, your family doctor, a health centre, or the First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day so they can determine if you need to be assessed again.
Go to an emergency department or call 911 if you:
Contact tracing is important to help identify people who may have COVID-19 sooner and prevent the virus from spreading in your community. By notifying your close contacts, you are helping to protect your friends and loved ones and their friends and loved ones.
Consider who you were with and where you've been in the two days before you started having symptoms up until you started to self-isolate. If you have not had any symptoms and tested positive, consider who you were with and where you've been in the two days before your positive test.
Generally, you should notify:
Close contacts will need to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and will need to self-isolate if they are not fully immunized.
You can provide your close contacts with the following information:
You may have been exposed to COVID-19. You need to self-monitor and may also need to self-isolate and/or get tested.
You should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the day you last had contact with the person who has COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated or had COVID-19 in the last 90 days. You should get tested if you develop any symptoms:
If you are
or had COVID-19 in the last 90 days
If you are
not fully vaccinated
and did not have COVID-19 in the last 90 days
You are required to self-isolate for 10 days from the day you last had contact with the person who has COVID-19, even if you do not have any symptoms.
You should not visit friends or relatives who are higher risk for severe COVID-19 (i.e., those in hospital, long-term care, those with compromised immune systems or over the age of 70 years) for 14 days after you were last exposed to COVID-19.
What to do if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 (BCCDC fact sheet)
If you tested positive for COVID-19, you need to report your test result to public health.
The province of BC is asking for positive test results to be reported to help COVID-19 case and contact tracers identify people who may need additional supports during the course of their infection. The information you provide is for public health assessment only.
You can report your result via a secure online form from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). The form takes only a few minutes to complete.