If you test positive

Last modified: 
08/25/2021 - 11:45

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.

The NWT Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) is advising those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to please stay close to community centres while isolating. This is for accessing healthcare services if required.

The OCPHO encourages responsible on the land self-isolation or self-monitoring and supports doing so in a healthy environment. However, please consider staying in your community if you would be at a higher-risk for complications if you do get sick, such as if you are an elder or otherwise vulnerable.


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 and household members who did not travel
No isolation for fully vaccinated travellers and household members (regardless of vaccination status) who did not travel. Fully vaccinated travellers will be able to return directly to small communities, with Day 1 and Day 14 negative tests.

Partially  vaccinated travellers and household members who did not travel
8-day isolation for partially vaccinated travellers and household members (regardless of vaccination status) who did not travel, with a negative day 8 COVID-19 test. Household members do not require a test unless symptomatic.

Unvaccinated travellers, including children under 12, and household members
10-day isolation for unvaccinated travellers, including children under 12, and household members (regardless of vaccination status) who did not travel. Unvaccinated travellers require a negative Day 10 COVID-19 test. Household members and children under 2 do not require a test unless symptomatic.

Returning residents who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must self-isolate in a hub community (Inuvik, Yellowknife, Hay River or Fort Smith). Residents of Fort Simpson and Norman Wells may self-isolate in their home communities. For more information see Self-Isolation in Small Communities.

Essential service workers dealing with vulnerable populations or who work in congregate settings or small communities will need a Day 1 COVID-19 test.

For more details see Self-Isolation Requirements.