Find out what your COVID-19 test results mean.
Last updated: July 8, 2021
A positive test result means that your body has detectable levels of the COVID-19 virus. If your test results come back as COVID-19 positive,
need to self-isolate.
The people you live with also need to self-isolate if they are not fully vaccinated. Follow the instructions found on our
Self isolation page
If you are unsure about your test results or self-isolation instructions, please contact your health care provider or contact HealthLink BC by calling 8-1-1, or for Video Relay Service, visit
Video Relay Services
and have them call HealthLink BC at 604-215-5101.
A negative test result means that you did not have COVID-19 on the day you had the test. You may stop self-isolating once you feel better unless:
- You are a contact or have been exposed to someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19 and have been asked to self-isolate by Public Health. You should continue to self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact with a person who had COVID-19.
You have arrived in B.C. from outside of Canada. You must continue to isolate for 14 days from the day you landed back in Canada. There are some exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada and who meet specific conditions. Learn more about vaccinated travellers entering Canada
If your symptoms get worse, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.
Health care workers should notify their employer of a positive result.
If you are a First Nations citizen and/or family member, please phone 1-855-344-3800 to connect with the
First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week, for additional information and support. Please also visit the First Nations Health Authority website for further information and resources about COVID-19 testing and
what to do if you have COVID-19.
If you are unable to isolate safely or do not have access to a place where you can self-isolate from others, contact Services BC at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).