Testing for Covid 19

Testing for Covid 19.


This link gives up to date information on testing.


Key points.

  • If you test positive using a rapid antigen test (RAT) your result does not need to be confirmed with a PCR test.


  • Who is a ‘close contact‘?
    • In brief.
      • A family member
      • A close physical contact in any place where:
        • contact is greater than 15 minutes
        • neither party wore a mask
        • it occurred in doors


  • What does a close contact need to do?
    • Quarantine for 7 days
    • Test for Covid either via PCR or RAT
    • Test again if symptoms arise.
    • Test again on day 6 after close exposure
    • Avoid attending events for 14 days after exposure.
    • Wear a mask when near others


  • How do you access RAT’s.
    • Register
    • Once registered you will be contacted by SMS about collecting the test kit.


  • What to do if you test positive.
    • Report the result. This is obligatory.
    • Quarantine for 10 days.
    • Notify close contacts.


  • When is an infected person infectious?
    • Two days before symptoms began or;
    • In the absence of symptoms two days before their positive test.


  • When are infected persons considered non contagious?
    • Ten days after testing positive.


  • Does infection provide protection?
    • A person recovered from Covid infection is considered immune ie and can’t be called a close contact for 30 days after a negative test result.
    • After 30 days from a negative test this protection can’t be assumed and that person can now be classified as a close contact again.