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I am a positive case

This page was last updated on 30 November 2021.

A case of COVID-19 is defined as a person who has detectable SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in a clinical sample from a PCR test - also known as a positive case.

You will get a call from a private withheld telephone number  to inform you of your result. On this call we will ask you for further information on your possible contacts, give you advice on self-isolation and answer any further questions.


Am I required to self-isolate?

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of your vaccination status or age, to break onward chains of transmission. As a case it is strongly recommended that you separate yourself from other people in your home as you are able, and it is appropriate. Self-isolation | States of Guernsey - COVID-19 (


How long do I need to self-isolate for?

If you receive a positive PCR test result you will be instructed to self-isolate from the date of your PCR test. In the event that you have a positive Lateral Flow Test you must call the clinical helpline as soon as possible to arrange your PCR test, and you will need to immediately self-isolate. You need to stay in isolation for 10 days from when you first test positive, through either PCR or Lateral Flow Test.   

You will receive a letter from Public Health services regarding your positive COVID-19 result.  This will confirm the date when you will be considered recovered and can leave your self-isolation.  

You do not need to undergo any additional COVID-19 tests and do not need a negative test to leave isolation. However, you do need to have had no symptoms for 48 hours. This does not include a persistent cough and/or loss of smell or taste as these can persist after you are no longer infectious.


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