Symptomatic Student at School (Protocol)

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Swab Testing

Thank you for getting tested for COVID-19. Whether you have already received your results, or are just waiting to receive your results, here is the information you need.

The COVID-19 swab test detects if the virus is in your nose or throat to determine if you have COVID-19. It is important that you understand what to do while you await your tests results, and what it means if your COVID-19 test is positive or negative.

All Albertans are eligible for COVID-19 testing, free of charge.

You Are Legally Required To Self-Isolate If:

  • you test positive for COVID-19.
  • you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.
  • you have been in contact in the last 14 days with someone known to have COVID-19.
  • you have travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days.
  • see self-isolation guidelines.

You Do Not Have To Self-Isolate If:

  • you have not been exposed to someone known to have COVID-19 and you have not travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days and.:
    • you are waiting for results and you did not have symptoms when you were tested and do not have any now
    • you have symptoms of illness that are related to a pre-existing illness or health condition, and are not new.
    • you have tested negative for COVID-19 and have no symptoms of illness
    • you have tested negative for COVID-19 and have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. We do always suggest you stay home when sick with any illness, until symptoms resolve; however, if your COVID test is negative, this is not legally required.

If You Have a Positive Swab Test Result

  • All individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by a member of the AHS Public Health team for follow-up and case management.
  • If you have/had symptoms and your test result for COVID-19 is positive, you are legally required to self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started and until symptoms are gone (whichever is longer).
  • If you have not had any symptoms, but your test is positive, you are legally required to self-isolate for 10 days from the date you were tested; this date will change if you develop symptoms during this 10 day period. You will be given instructions by Public Health.
    • Self-isolation helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 by lowering the chance the virus could spread to others.
    • You must stay at home – don’t leave your home or attend work, school, social events or any other public gatherings.
    • Avoid close contact with other people, including household members, and especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
    • Wash your hands often and thoroughly, cover your cough and sneezes, avoid sharing household items and clean and disinfect frequently touched and shared surfaces.
    • You will be contacted by Public Health for information and instructions.

If You Have a Negative Swab Test Result

  • If you do not have symptoms of illness, AND have not been in contact with a known case of COVID-19 OR have not returned from travel outside of Canada within the last 14 days, you do not need to self-isolate. Continue to follow good respiratory etiquette and good hand hygiene, and practice physical distancing.
  • If your test is negative but you have been in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or you have returned from travel outside of Canada you must still self-isolate for the full 14 days from your last contact with the person who is positive or from your return to Canada.
  • Remember: your test result is for that point in time only. It doesn’t tell you if you have had COVID-19 before, and it doesn’t predict if you will get it in the future. You’ll need to continue to follow all public health measures, such as physical distancing and hand hygiene, even if your test is negative. If you have developed new symptoms since your test, or if you develop new symptoms in the future, please self-isolate and take the COVID-19 self-assessment online again, or call Health Link at 811 for additional advice.
  • It’s always best to stay home when you’re sick until your symptoms go away so you don’t get other people sick.