Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

COVID-19 Testing in NSW

See –National Guidelines for Public Health Units

Please note 

Please call and speak to a doctor for further advice.

Testing Criteria

NSW Health recommends that anyone with respiratory symptoms, loss of sense of smell or taste, or unexplained fever should be tested for COVID-19.

This is especially important for:

  • anyone who lives or works in a high risk setting, including healthcare facilities, aged care and other residential facilities, schools, prisons, and other closed settings
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people who are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • people who have returned from overseas in the last 14 days
  • anyone admitted to hospital

How to get a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms

Mild symptoms:

Moderate symptoms or needing a clinical assessment:

  • Attend a Respiratory Clinic or a hospital for assessment and testing.
  • If you have had a negative COVID19 test for the current illness, call and speak to a doctor for further advice.

Severe symptoms:

  • Present to a hospital.

Asymptomatic people do not require testing, except in special circumstances, e.g. in certain high risk outbreak settings or returned travellers. For further advice, please see the COVID-19 control guideline for public health units or call the public health unit on 1300 066 055.


Self-isolation at home for 14 days is required for:

COVID-19 Symptom Checker

Patients who do not fulfill the criterion for testing, please:

  • self-isolate until 24 hours after symptoms resolve
  • self-monitor using the healthdirect Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker
  • call GP if any changes to condition.

Please check these websites for up to date information: