I Have COVID-19


If You Tested Positive for COVID-19 • Self-Isolate • Manage Symptoms • Notify Close Contacts • Report Your Positive Test Result to Public Health
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If You Tested Positive for COVID-19

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-isolate (for at least five days from the first day you had symptoms if you are fully vaccinated, or at least 10 days if you are not)
  • manage symptoms
  • notify close contacts
  • report positive test results via a secure online form from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
What to do if you te​st pos​​itive for COVID-19 (BCCDC fact sheet)​

Self-I​solate

Self-isolation means keeping away from others to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

How to Self-Is​​​olate

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 Tran​sportation Benefits

More information on self-isolation: 

Ending Self-Iso​​lation

If you are managing your illness at home you can end isolation when all three of the following conditions are met:

  • if you are fully vaccinated: you have isolated for at least five days after your symptoms started, or from the test date if you did not have symptoms. Fully vaccinated means you received both doses of a two-dose series (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine) more than seven days ago, or have received a one-dose series (e.g., Janssen/Johnson and Johnson) more than 14 days ago
  • if you are not fully vaccinated: you have isolated for at least 10 days after your symptoms started, or from the test date if you did not have symptoms

AND

  • your fever has ended for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen

AND

  • your symptoms have improved

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.

Manage Sym​ptoms

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:

  • find it hard to breathe
  • have chest pain
  • can't drink anything
  • feel very sick
  • feel confused

Notify Close ​Contacts

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:

  • people you live or share a room with
  • people you had intimate contact with
  • people outside of your household (e.g., at work, school, university, or a social gathering) who you were face-to-face with for 15 minutes or more while you were indoors and while you were not wearing a mask
  • people who may have been exposed to saliva or other bodily fluids, such as people with whom you shared items like a drink, personal hygiene item, cigarette or vape, lipstick, or eating utensils, as well as people who may have been coughed or sneezed on

Close contacts will need to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and will need to self-isolate if they are not fully immunized.

Instructions for Your Close Contacts

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:

  • body aches
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty breathing
  • extreme fatigue or tiredness
  • fever or chills
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of sense of smell or taste
  • nausea or vomiting
  • sore throat

Self-Isolation for Contacts of Peopl​e Who Have COVID-19

If you are fully vaccinated or had COVID-19 in the last 90 days

  • you are not required to self-isolate
  • you can continue to participate in routine activities, such as work or school, as long as you do not have any symptoms
  • do 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

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)​

Report Your Posi​tive Test Result

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.

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