After your COVID-19 test

Where can I find information related to quarantine after COVID-19 testing?

If your specific situation requires you to quarantine after your test, you must go directly home and stay home until you are cleared from quarantine. You cannot have visitors to your home, go to the shops, go out to get a COVID vaccine, or go for a walk while you are in quarantine.

For more information, see the following resources:

Your requirements following your COVID-19 test will depend on your specific situation.

You must follow any advice given to you in a Direction, or directly by Public Health. If you fail to do so, you can be charged and fined.

Are there any exemptions from quarantine after COVID-19 testing?

The following people do not need to quarantine after testing, provided they do not have symptoms of COVID-19:

  • people tested under a Presentation for Testing (Quarantine Centre Workers) Directions
  • people tested under a Transport, Freight and Logistics Directions
  • people tested as part of the DETECT borders program
  • carers of a dependent who has been tested, whilst waiting for the result of the dependent person
  • people who undergo serology testing
  • people who need to provide evidence of a negative COVID test for overseas governments. (Testing under this circumstance can occur at private pathology collection centres and should not occur at WA government COVID clinics.)

For more information, see the following resources:

When will I get my results?

You will receive your result via SMS within 72 hours if you were tested at a WA Department of Health COVID clinic or country hospital.

If you have not received your result after 48 hours, please contact the Results Hotline (1800 313 223) between 8am to 4pm, 7 days per week.

If you have been tested in a regional or remote area, please be aware there may be a delay in receiving your result.

If you were referred for a test by your GP or a private provider, contact them directly.

Please note if you have been to a private pathology collector and have not received your results after 72 hours contact the following for your results:

  • Western Diagnostics Pathology: (08) 9317 0999
  • CliniPath: (08) 9371 4200
  • Australian Clinical Labs: 1300 367 674

What if I get a negative COVID-19 test result?

  • If you have previously been directed to quarantine you will have to continue to quarantine for a total of 14 days, unless otherwise instructed or directed, even if the test result is negative.
  • If you have not previously been directed to quarantine you should stay at home until you are well, even if the test result is negative. Physical distancing of 1.5 metres, cough etiquette and hygiene recommendations still apply.

What if I get a positive COVID-19 test result?

A Public Health Unit staff member will discuss your positive result with you.

If you are a confirmed case of COVID-19 you must isolate until you are cleared by the Department of Health to resume your normal activities (you will receive a formal letter of clearance from the disease). If you are well enough, you can carry out your isolation in your home or other suitable accommodation.

Last reviewed: 18-01-2022
Coronavirus information helplines: 13 COVID (13 268 43). Interstate callers: 1800 595 206. International callers: +61 8 9118 3100.