I’ve tested positive to COVID – now what?

Resources are available to prepare for the larger number of COVID-positive cases across Queensland and the treatment of COVID-positive people, including in their homes.

These include:

  • COVID Care at home – A fact sheet outlining the care people will receive from home if they test positive, and what to do if you can’t isolate at home, or have chronic health conditions.
  • COVID Care in Hospital – Most people who get COVID-19 will be cared for at home by a health worker or doctor, but you may need to go to hospital under certain conditions. This fact sheet outlines what to expect.
  • COVID-Ready kit – Get ready for monitoring COVID at home with this simple checklist.
  • COVID Care Plan for parents and carers – This fact sheet outlines why it’s important to have a plan in case you or a family member get COVID-19.
  • COVID Symptom Diary – A template to help you keep track of your symptoms.

Two types of tests are used to detect COVID-19 in Queensland – a PCR test carried out at testing clinics, and Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) which can be done at home.

If you are well or only have mild symptoms, you will be cared for at home. If you haven’t spoken to a doctor since getting sick, call your local doctor (GP) and ask for a phone or video call appointment. You can also call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for help or ask someone to call for you.

For support and help to get food, medicine and other supplies, you can contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

You should only call an ambulance on 000 if you are experiencing severe symptoms. These include if you:

  • cannot breathe properly
  • have chest pains,
  • feel dizzy or lightheaded
  • feel confused and very sleepy
  • cannot take care of yourself.

Download this information in an easy read fact sheet.

Read more about symptoms and medical care for COVID-19 in Queensland. For the latest updates and information on treating COVID-19, please visit the Queensland Government’s “I have COVID-19” information pages.

Get the latest COVID-19 information at the Queensland Health website.

Guidelines for the for the isolation and management of COVID cases

These guidelines apply to a person in Queensland who has tested positive to COVID-19 within the previous 7 days, or a person who has any symptoms of an acute respiratory infection. People who test positive to COVID-19 should follow “First steps if you have COVID-19” and the guidelines.