I tested positive on a rapid antigen test, do I need to get a PCR test?

If you get a positive result on a rapid antigen test, you do not need to book a PCR test to confirm your results. A positive result with a rapid antigen test is a good indication that you have COVID-19 and does not need to be reported to a public health unit. If you test negative and have developed COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and self-isolate until all of the following apply:

  • your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if you had nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea)
  • you do not have a fever
  • you have not developed additional symptoms

If you have additional questions about testing and isolation, you can contact:

  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200), Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Provincial Testing and Isolation Information Line at 1.888.777.0730, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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This item was last modified on January 4, 2024

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