Positive result for COVID-19 on rapid antigen test? Here’s how to report it

Other jurisdictions appear poised to take similar action in the near future.

This is an evolving situation but, as of January 12, here is how each state and territory uses TARs:

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Victoria

Victoria treats positive RAT results the same as PCRs.

As of January 7, anyone who receives a positive RAT is classified as a “probable” case of COVID-19 and must self-isolate for seven days and notify their contacts. They will then receive the same clinical and financial support as PCR-confirmed cases.

“In the eyes of the Department of Health, you have COVID,” Acting health official Ben Cowie said Jan. 6 of those who tested positive from a RAT.

The reporting hotline (1 800 675 398) and online form are open, with more information available on the Victorian Government’s coronavirus reporting page.

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Testing commander Jeroen Weimar said the hotline and form would check for symptoms, whether people are a contact, the support they need, their immunization status and pre-existing conditions.

He says this will help deliver care faster, that the system has the capacity to process 50,000 reports per day and that it can be strengthened if needed.

Tasmania

The Tasmanian government has switched to RATs as the primary method for diagnosing COVID-19 cases.

Prime Minister Peter Gutwein has said that people who test positive on a RAT will be considered a COVID-19 case and will be subject to the same requirements as a PCR positive case.

People who return a positive RAT must register their result, after which they will be able to access care and financial assistance.

Tasmanians can record their positive RAT result on the government’s online form or call Public Health (1 800 671 738). More information is available on the Government of Tasmania’s information page for positive cases.

Mr Gutwein said PCR tests will continue to be available for people who cannot access a RAT, cannot use one, have difficulty interpreting the result, or have been clinically invited to have a PCR test.

NSW

NSW treats positive RAT cases the same as PCRs and on January 12 the state made reporting positive RATs mandatory.

“This health decree was signed this morning,” Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet told reporters on Wednesday.

If someone fails to register a positive RAT, they risk a fine of $ 1,000, which will be applied from Jan. 19, he said.

Residents of NSW can record their positive RAT result on the government’s online form or call Public Health (1300 066 055). More information is available on the NSW Government’s Rapid Antigen Testing for Community page.

Queensland

From January 9, Queensland began including self-reported RAT results in its daily figures.

“Queensland will face its biggest test in the next four weeks,” Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

People who test positive on a RAT should immediately self-isolate for seven days.

For more information, visit the Queensland Government’s First Steps page if you have COVID-19.

To report a positive RAT case, visit the government’s rapid antigen test registration page or call 134,268.

ACT

People with a positive RAT result are no longer required to take a PCR test at a government ACT testing clinic to confirm they have COVID-19.

On January 8, Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the change would make it easier for Canberrans who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who require testing.

“All registered Check In CBR users have been informed of these changes via a push notification,” he said.

ACT Health has set up a page, covid19.act.gov.au/RAT-positive, for people to report their own positive tests or those of people in their care.

South australia

According to the South Australia Health website, “Anyone who returns a positive RAT result should immediately search for a COVID-19 diagnostic PCR test and self-quarantine until a negative PCR result is found. Anyone using a RAT is encouraged to complete this online rapid antigen test report form.

North territory

The Northern Territory has also launched an RAT declaration form. According to territory guidelines, anyone who tests positive on a RAT must self-isolate immediately, complete the RAT declaration form, inform other members of their household of their positive result, enroll in the COVID CareNT program and register for a COVID-19 PCR test.

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Western Australia

Western Australia announced on January 5 that it would lift its ban on the use of RATs imminently. The guidelines for their use still need to be detailed. The WA government’s coronavirus information is available on its coronavirus webpage.

With additional reports by the AAP.

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