If you test positive

Last modified: 
06/10/2021 - 16:01

Awaiting results

If you have been tested for COVID-19, your health care provider will let you know once the results come back. You must follow the directions of your health care provider while waiting for your results


If you test positive

If you test positive for COVID-19, your healthcare provider will advise what to do. For most, this will mean isolating at home

Public health officials will immediately begin to work on identifying and contacting anyone you may have come into close contact with.


Recovering from COVID-19

For a person to be recovered from COVID-19, they must receive guidance from a health care provider to determine if they can stop their isolation. Depending on circumstances this may require exit testing, or a negative test result in order to end isolation. Call your health provider for more information. Follow steps outlined by the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer specific to a potential outbreak.


Testing after travel

Fully vaccinated travellers currently need a test on Day 8 to end self-isolation.

Consent must be given to have vaccination status verified at the time of, or prior to taking the COVID-19 test

If the Day 8 test is negative, individuals are required to self-monitor, but will no longer need to self-isolate. This means they will need to:

  • Continuously wearing a face mask in indoor public places, except when eating or drinking 
  • Continuously wearing a face mask in outdoor public places when it is not possible to maintain a minimum distance of two meters from anyone who is not a household member.
  • If the day 8 test is positive, you will be contacted by a healthcare provider who will provide instructions.
  • If at any point anyone in the household develops COVID-19 symptoms, is named a contact of someone with COVID-19, or is made aware that they were at the setting/location of a COVID-19 outbreak,  self-isolate immediately and contact public health.
  • NOTE: If you have received your vaccine in the Northwest Territories you DO NOT need to request an official copy of your immunization record to be eligible for this exemption. A healthcare provider is able to confirm that residents are fully vaccinated when a person is tested on day 8 by checking your Electronic Medical Record status. Household members do not need testing under this scenario.