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

Please make sure any health care or aged care workers or residents are noted on the laboratory request form so their test can be prioritised.

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: