If you test positive for COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the Northern Territory, it’s likely that you may become infected with COVID-19.

Follow the steps below to protect yourself and others.

Step 1. Declare your positive test result

Use the online registration form to declare your positive result.

Complete the form before 8 pm on the day you test positive.

You can call the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 490 484 if you live in a remote area or need assistance with translations or online registration.

Step 2. Isolate for at least 5 days

Your isolation period starts on the day you had your COVID-19 test and returned a positive result.

This is day zero of your isolation period.

If you have no symptoms you can leave isolation at 12 noon on day 5.

If you have symptoms on day 5, you must remain in isolation until your symptoms resolve or you receive a medical certificate from your doctor stating that you are no longer infectious.

Once you have completed the required isolation period, you will not be considered a close contact if another member of the household becomes COVID positive for the next 28 days.

Read more about isolation rules.


If you took your COVID-19 test at 2 pm on 12 January 2022, this is day zero.

Your day 5 is 17 January 2022 and your day 10 is 22 January 2022.

You can exit at noon on the day your isolation period ends.

Step 3. Tell your close contacts

If you test positive to COVID-19 your close contacts include anyone you:

  • live with in the same household
  • have spent four or more continuous hours with indoors while you were infectious.

Your infectious period is usually 2 days before you developed symptoms, or 2 days before you tested positive if you did not have symptoms.

Read more about the steps for close contacts.

Step 4. Manage your symptoms and health

Most people who are vaccinated and get COVID-19 can care for themselves at home. Others may need to contact their GP or get a referral to a hospital specialist.

Learn how to manage your COVID-19 illness.

Step 5. Follow health advice after isolation

You are not required to have a COVID-19 test to exit isolation.

For 2 days after you exit isolation you must wear a mask when outside the home.

For 5 days after you exit isolation you must not enter a high risk facility unless you live there or require access to a service.

If you work in a high risk setting you cannot return to work until at least 2 days after your isolation period.

Read more about what to do after you've had COVID-19.

Last updated: 09 September 2022

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Last updated: 09 September 2022