1. Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  2. Restrictions and guidance
  3. What to do if you may have been exposed

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you may have been exposed

Steps you should take to monitor your health and protect others if you’ve been notified by COVID Alert or think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

Step 1: Get tested for COVID-19

You should get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms. Complete a COVID-19 Self-assessment to schedule the test online. Don’t go to a rapid testing pop-up site to get tested or a COVID-19 assessment centre unless you have a scheduled appointment.

Step 2: Watch for symptoms

Watch for symptoms. Symptoms can vary from person to person and in different age groups. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. To help protect others, it’s especially important to watch for symptoms if you’re going to public places, your workplace and settings where it’s difficult to keep a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others.

If you have tested negative for COVID-19, that means you didn’t have COVID-19 the day you were tested or you were not infectious yet. You could be infectious later and should still watch for symptoms.

Step 3: If you test positive for COVID-19 - notify COVID Alert

Self-isolate if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

You can also use COVID Alert to let others know if you test positive without sharing any personal information. If you test positive for COVID-19, Public Health gives you a one-time key over the phone when you get your positive test result. You will only get one key and it expires in 24 hours or after you enter the key into the COVID Alert app.