Everyone who is tested for COVID-19 helps us understand how the virus is spreading.
Follow the steps on this page to help protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.
- If you are feeling unwell do not go to work.
- Check your symptoms - you may have COVID-19 if you have any of the following: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss or change in sense of smell or taste.
- Get tested at a if you have any of the symptoms. Return home immediately.
- Wait for your test results. Do not go to work or go out shopping, stay at home. It usually takes 2 days for your results to be returned to you. If you are worried your results are taking too long you can call a service provider for more information. do not need to self-isolate unless they are also waiting for a COVID-19 test result or have been told to quarantine.
- If you are worried you will lose pay while you wait for your results you may be eligible for a .
- If your symptoms continue or your condition worsens contact your doctor or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero (000), you may need to be admitted to hospital.
- If you test positive we will contact you. You will need to until the Department of Health tells you it is safe to stop – usually 10 to 14 days. Do not go to work or out shopping. If you are worried you will lose pay you may be eligible for a .
- If you test negative, your doctor or the clinic where you were tested will tell you your result.
- If an authorised officer has told you to quarantine (e.g. as a close contact, as part of an outbreak, or because you have visited an interstate high risk location), you will still need to quarantine for at least 14 days and until you have been cleared by the Department of Health.
- If you have not been told to quarantine by an authorised officer, once you feel well, go about your normal activity, following the .
- If you continue to have symptoms you should ring your general practitioner for advice. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero (000).
Symptoms and risks
Information and advice about coronavirus symptoms and what to do to reduce the risk of infection.
Where to get tested
Find out where you and your children can get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) near your home.
Information for people with long COVID symptoms
Information for people who had COVID-19 or may have had COVID-19 (or their carers) and are concerned that they are having ongoing symptoms.
What to do if you are a close contact of a person diagnosed with COVID-19
Advice on what to do if you are a close contact of a person who has received a positive COVID-19 test result.
Isolation and quarantine – extra help and support
Information on the support that is available while you isolate or quarantine.
Call-to-Test - Reaching out to vulnerable Victorians
Vulnerable Victorians can get tested at home to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Reviewed 21 April 2021