What to do if you have COVID-19

A positive test result means you have COVID-19


Finding test results

  • Rapid point-of-care tests are done at home
  • PCR test results may be accessed online at MYHEALTH.GNB.CA

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COVID-19 testing

More information on testing options for COVID-19


If your test results are positive

You should continue to take steps to help protect your family and community and help limit the spread of COVID-19.

If you have a positive result from an at-home rapid test (POCT) register your positive result online to help us understand the level of circulating illness.

The following measures are encouraged:

  • Stay home and work from home if possible:
    • While sick
    • Until your symptoms improve
    • You have been fever free for 24 hours
    • You have been diarrhea and vomit free for 48 hours
  • For at least 5 days after leaving home, or for 10 days if you are immunocompromised:
    • Wear a multi-layer well-fitting mask
    • Physical distance from others as best as possible
    • Avoid gatherings
    • Avoid visiting vulnerable individuals or settings (i.e. long-term care homes, correctional facilities, hospitals or shelters.)
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Open a window or door to improve indoor ventilation where possible
  • Notify your employer that you tested positive for COVID-19 if you work in a vulnerable setting as your employer may be provided with additional guidance.
  • Access COVID medication if eligible and necessary.

The above advice is for the general public and is not meant to replace guidance for people who live or work in a hospital, Extra Mural and Ambulance New Brunswick (EM/ANB), long-term care facility, correctional facility or shelter or people who are precariously housed. 

 

If your test results are positive

If you are immunocompromised, COVID-19 infections may last longer than 10 days. Your health care provider can provide you with specific guidance according to your underlying medical condition and may recommend you continue to wear a mask and avoid vulnerable settings for more than 10 days.


Notify your close contacts

To help prevent the spread and protect the vulnerable, it is encouraged that you tell any contacts and your  household contacts  about your positive COVID-19 test result.

Your household contacts are the people who live with you, who share common spaces such as a kitchen, living room and bathroom. It also includes anyone with whom you may have had intimate contact when you were infectious.

Household contacts should monitor for symptoms and stay home if they are feeling sick. If a household contact develops symptoms, they can complete the online form and request a test.

Contacts who work in a vulnerable setting are encouraged to notify their employer without delay. They may be provided with additional  guidance from their employer.

 If any of your contacts are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 they can get tested.