Updates to eligibility for free rapid antigen tests (RATs) and masks
- You no longer need to have COVID-19 symptoms or be a household contact to collect free RATs.
- Make sure you order online first, only order what you need, and remember that our larger community collection sites have the most stock on site.
- Not all our sites are distributing free medical masks with RATs. Check individual site Healthpoint listings first if you wish to receive free medical masks. Please bear with us as we work to increase the supplies of masks at participating collection sites.
- At this stage free N95 and P2 masks are not available at our collection sites. However, we are working to get stock to collection sites that offer masks.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or lives with someone who has tested positive needs to isolate for 7 full days.
If you have COVID-19 you do not need to take another test. As long as you have no symptoms after 7 full days of isolation you can return to life/work as normal.
If you have reported your positive result, you will get a text message telling you when your 7 days is finished. This text message can be used as proof for your employer that you are clear to come back to work unless a separate policy is in place requiring a negative test.
If you live with someone who has COVID-19 you should test on days 3 and 7 or if you get symptoms. If your day 7 test is negative and you have no symptoms you can stop isolating on day 8. Remain vigilant for symptoms.
If you still have symptoms on day 7 stay home until 24 hours after your symptoms subside.
If you have already had COVID-19 and someone you live with tests positive within 3 months of your recovery, you do not need to isolate again.
If you had COVID-19 more than 28 days ago and have new symptoms, take a test. If you test positive you will need to isolate again for 7 full days.
- Your isolation period starts from the date of your positive test or the day you started having symptoms, whichever came first.
- A positive RAT is enough to confirm you have COVID-19. You do not need a PCR to confirm the result.
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