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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