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You have tested positive for COVID-19

You have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn what to do next.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are fully-vaccinated, you must self-isolate right away for five days from when symptoms began (10 days for those who are either unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated). Most people who get COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms that can be managed at home.

Please complete the BCCDC COVID Positive Test Result Reporting Form by clicking the button below: 

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Public Health guidance for those managing illness at home

Do not go to work, school, or to any public places for five days from when your symptoms began, or from your test date if you’re not sure (10 days for those who are not fully-vaccinated),. This is important even if you are vaccinated or your symptoms are mild. Stay and sleep in a separate room from your household members and use a separate bathroom if possible, even if they are fully immunized.


Many COVID-19 symptoms can be safely managed with home treatment such as drinking plenty of fluids, rest and using a humidifier or hot shower to ease a cough or sore throat.

You can call 8-1-1 anytime to talk to a nurse at HealthLinkBC. This service is available in 130 languages. If your symptoms worsen, or if you do not improve after five or six days, call 8-1-1, your family doctor or an Urgent and Primary Care Centre, so they can determine if you need to be assessed again. If you have chest pain or severe difficulty breathing, or are worried this might be an emergency, call 9-1-1 right away. 


‎If you are managing your illness at home you can end isolation once the following criteria is met:

  1. At least five days have passed since your symptoms started, or from test date if you did not have symptoms (10 days for those who are not fully-vaccinated). Continue to wear a mask around other people for five additional days.

  2. Fever has resolved for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND

  3. Symptoms have improved

Most people with COVID-19 recover within two weeks. Some people with more severe symptoms can take up to twelve weeks or more to feel entirely better. Connect with your health care provider, 8-1-1, or Urgent and Primary Care Centre to be assessed.

If you are scheduled for travel between Dec. 24, 2021, and Jan. 14, 2022, please see below. If your travel is scheduled for after this timeframe, please book a test at a private clinic

You are cleared for travel if:

  1. Have a negative result for a COVID-19 molecular (PCR) test that was performed on a specimen that was collected no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time or

  2. Have a positive result for a COVID-19 molecular (PCR) test that was performed on a specimen collected at least 14 days and no more than 180 days before departure date or

  3. Have a public health clearance. Please do not request a public health clearance if you meet criteria 1 or 2.

Transport Canada has posted an Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID 19.‎


If you have not received either your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should still get vaccinated after you have recovered and ended your self-isolation. Vaccines boost your immunity and have shown to be highly effective in preventing serious illness and death, even after you have had a COVID-19 infection.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines and how to get vaccinated at‎


Find more information about what to do if you have COVID-19 or information if you are caring for someone with COVID-19.

If the resources above do not answer your questions and you have other urgent concerns about your isolation plan please email or call (604) 829-7901.

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