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Positive COVID-19 cases

Positive PCR result

COVID-19 infection is confirmed by a PCR or DiaSorin test.

If you have a positive test, you should stay at home as much as possible to stop the virus spreading.

Test result

You'll receive your COVID-19 test result by email or SMS. You will not receive a call with your result. 

Make sure your contact details are correct when you book your test.

If you have any questions call the Coronavirus helpline.

During the infectious period

Although many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days, some people may be infectious to other people for up to 10 days from the start of their infection.

You should avoid meeting people at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19 for 10 days after the day you took your test.

Close contacts

You should also let your close contacts know that you have had a positive test. 

A close contact is someone that you live with or someone you have spent prolonged time with over the previous 3 days (especially indoors).

They should watch out for symptoms and avoid contact with vulnerable people for at least 10 days after contact with you. A negative lateral flow test can give them extra reassurance that they are not infectious.

You can also notify close contacts using the Jersey COVID Alert app using the 6 digit code sent by SMS.

If you attend a nursery, school or college, you or your parent or carer should let them know that you have tested positive.

When to leave isolation

After a positive COVID-19 test, you should plan to isolate for a minimum of 5 days after your positive test.

After 5 days and once you have been symptom free for 48 hours, this is a good sign that you are no longer infectious and can go back to your daily routine.

A negative lateral flow test can give you extra reassurance that you are no longer infectious.

Some employers or job roles may have different requirements on when you can return to your workplace after a COVID infection. You should check requirements with your employer.

There are specific requirements for people working in Safe Places.

Health and social care providers COVID guidance (Safe Places)

Support whilst isolating

If you have a positive test and don't have access to help and support through family or friends, you can call the coronavirus helpline who will be able to support you.

If you're unable to work because you're unwell and isolating after a positive test, you may be able to claim Short Term Incapacity Benefit

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