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Testing is the only way we can confirm if you have COVID-19. Knowing you’re infected is important to protect your family and the people you encounter.

Contact your local health authority for advice about testing if you:

  • think you may have COVID-19
  • have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19

Testing helps reduce the spread of the virus. When someone tests positive for COVID-19, they can be isolated at home or, if needed, in a hospital.

Testing tells us:

  • who has the infection
  • where in our communities the virus is spreading
  • how much the virus may be circulating in our communities

Testing is a key tool to:

  • find and isolate people who have COVID-19, to prevent the spread to others and to prevent outbreaks
  • follow up with close contacts of cases so that they can self-isolate, monitor for symptoms and get tested
  • know how many people are infected, which helps us understand the level of risk in a community
  • inform the public health actions that are put in place
  • help us to better understand this virus

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