Who should be tested for COVID-19?

Updated 7 September 2021

See the Ministry of Health’s testing plan and testing guidance 

What do I do if a patient’s COVID-19 test result is negative?

Reviewed 18 August 2021

General Practitioners are responsible for informing patients if their COVID-19 test is negative and providing advice. (Note: Public Health Units will provide follow-up with patients who have positive tests).

The advice to patients who have negative results is:

  • Stay at home until their symptoms resolve
  • If they are well, and have been for 48 hours, they can return to normal daily activity
  • If they are well and have mild symptoms, it may be acceptable to return to work with a mask. This should discussed with the employer.

For more information see the Ministry of Health’s ‘Primary care quick reference guide.’