The PHO is responsible for contacting people in the region who have been tested for COVID-19 to inform them of their results. We ask that people be patient and wait for a call rather than call their general practice.
While you wait for the result you need to continue to self-isolate at home, or in another suitable place where you can stay on your own. You will have been given a leaflet which explains self-isolation.
You must self-isolate until:
• you get a negative swab result (for those people whose contact/travel was more than 14 days ago)
• 14 days after you returned to NZ or had contact with a suspected case.
If you test positive, the public health team will contact you.
If your test is negative, you may have another virus. You should avoid spreading this to others by self-isolation until your symptoms are gone.
If you feel your condition is getting worse you should call Healthline 0800 358 5453 as they may ask you to present. No matter what – it is important to complete your self-isolation.
Symptoms from non-COVID-19 viral infections can take a week or two to settle. During that time it is advised you rest and get plenty of sleep. You should also drink fluids and eat as you feel able.