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I am a positive case

This page was last updated on 3 May 2022.
 

Please note from 1 May:

  • All positive cases should notify Public Health online at https://www.gov.gg/covidnotification.
  • Staying at home when you are unwell, and certainly for anyone who is COVID-positive, is so important and needs to become the cultural norm.
  • Business owners and managers are being asked to please support staff who are sick, actively encourage them to stay at home when unwell and certainly not ask them to come into work.
  • Positive COVID-19 cases are no longer legally mandated to self-isolate

Read more at: 29 April 2022 update - Further de-escalation of island’s COVID-19 measures

Changes with effect from 1 May 2022

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should continue to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days following the day of their positive result. The guidance is now that they can go out on Day 6 if asymptomatic and they should wear a face covering in enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces until Day 10. Positive cases can also have unlimited outdoor exercise during the first 5 days as long as they stay away from other people.

It is not necessary to take a test before release as long as you are asymptomatic, unless specifically required by a Health and Care setting.

There is some evidence that children have a shorter duration of illness compared to adults. As such children and young people aged 18 years and under are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day of a positive test. They can go out on Day 4 if they are asymptomatic without taking an LFT. This is because after 3 days, if the child or young person feels well and does not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.

Am I required to self-isolate?

If you test positive for COVID-19 (with an LFT or PCR test) you are requested to 'stay at home' to break onward chains of transmission.

 

Anyone receiving a positive LFT result:

Please notify the States of Guernsey via either the clinical helpline (01481 220001 or 01481 220002) or the online form at https://www.gov.gg/covidnotification - you will receive a confirmation email

  • Adults aged over 18 years who have tested positive for COVID-19 should continue to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days following the day of their positive result. The guidance is now that they can go out on Day 6 if asymptomatic and they should wear a face covering in enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces until Day 10.
  • Children and young people aged 18 years and under are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day of a positive test. They can go out on Day 4 if they are asymptomatic without taking an LFT.
  • Positive cases can also have unlimited outdoor exercise during the first 5 days as long as they stay away from other people.
  • This is voluntary – we are asking the community to work together to keep everyone safe
  • You will be asked to notify your close contacts

 

Stay at home request

Although it is no longer legally mandated for positive cases in the Bailiwick of Guernsey to self-isolate, in order to protect those around you and our community Public Health requests you stay at home for a full 10 days, to break the onward chains of transmission.

We strongly recommend the following:

  • Stay at home for 10 full days from your positive result; during this time you can go for unlimited, socially distanced outdoor exercise
  • Limit contact with others in your household where possible
  • Do not have visitors in your home
  • Ask for help if you require a delivery of groceries, other shopping or medications
  • Always observe good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette

however:

  • You can go out on Day 6 if asymptomatic and should wear a face covering in enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces until Day 10.

It is not necessary to take a test before release as long as you are asymptomatic, unless specifically required by a Health and Care setting. 

it is likely that you are no longer infectious and you no longer need to stay at home.

If you do release yourself early from your stay at home period, please continue to be especially careful until the end of your day 10. We ask that you follow the 'Guidance for case between Days 6 & 11 (Recovery Date 00:01) if asymptomatic'.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable patients

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable patients accessing new treatments in Guernsey:

Patients should contact their GP if they think they meet the criteria below and wish to access the new medications (antivirals or “neutralising monoclonal antibodies” -nMABs) for Covid.  These drugs have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalisation, although detailed assessment is necessary to determine which, if any, might be suitable for an individual.  Some are tablets, but some require intravenous administration.

Who can qualify?

You must be in the “highest risk cohort” defined as (summary below or please see PDF download for full details):

  • Down's syndrome
  • sickle cell disease
  • HIV or AIDS
  • chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 4 or 5
  • certain types of cancer
  • had certain types of chemotherapy in the last 12 months
  • had radiotherapy in the last 6 months
  • had an organ transplant
  • a severe liver condition (such as cirrhosis)
  • a rare condition affecting the brain or nerves (multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Huntington's disease, or myasthenia gravis)
  • certain autoimmune or inflammatory conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease)
  • a condition or treatment that makes you more likely to get infections

A Doctor or Specialist will confirm if you are eligible for treatment.

  • You must have a new diagnosis of COVID-19, within the last 5 days (PCR or Lateral Flow test)
  • You must have symptoms of COVID-19,
  • You must not be hospitalised or be needing new oxygen treatment for COVID-19.

 

I think I may qualify – what should I do?

  • Contact your GP as soon as possible.
  • Make clear that you think you may qualify for these new treatments.

What will happen next?

  • Your GP will assess you, possibly with a face-to-face consultation.
  • If your GP thinks you are suitable for one of these drugs, they will either prescribe the appropriate drug or refer you into secondary care, depending on the drug.

Where can I find further information?

It is extremely important to note that COVID-19 vaccination remains extremely important to help prevent severe disease and hospitalisation in this group – the availability of treatments does not change this.

Guidance for case between Days 6 & 11 (Recovery Date 00:01) if LFT negative and asymptomatic

You may return to work or school and you may travel off-island during this time however, to further reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 on to others, if you end your stay at home period before Day 11, you are strongly advised:

  • to discuss with your employer before you attend work so that they may do an individual risk assessment before your return
  • to not visit a hospital, care and residential home or other health and care facility without prior arrangements unless in an emergency

and you are also advised:

  • to limit close contact with other people outside your household, especially in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces. You should inform all individuals you meet with of your status, until your Day 11 (00:01 Recovery Date)
  • to work from home if it is practical for you to do so
  • to wear a face covering in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, on public transport and where you are in close contact with other people, including at work and during any off-island travel
  • to practise social distancing when you are outside your home, and always observe good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. 
  • to limit contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19
     

I am a recovered case

Testing as of April 2022

COVID-19 contacts

COVID-19 Helpline

  • If you have a  positive LFT, you must immediately notify the States of Guernsey via the online form at https://www.gov.gg/covidnotification or by calling the clinical helpline.

Option 1 - Clinical helpline available 09.00-16.00 weekdays, 10.00-12.00 Saturdays and closed Sundays

Option 2 - Non-clinical helpline available 09.00-16.00 weekdays

Email inbox monitored Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Please send clinical questions to publichealth@gov.gg  all non-clinical questions to covid19enquiries@gov.gg