COVID-19 positive result

Advice on managing your health if you test positive for COVID-19.

This page was last updated on 11 March 2022.

COVID-19 webform—if you test positive or are in isolation

Under the government's updated guidance, students who test positive now need to do their own contact tracing. If you have been wearing a mask on campus, you should not have any close contacts on campus.

If you test positive or are self-isolating as a result of being a household contact, please let the University know by completing this webform.

If you test positive via a self-administered rapid antigen test (RAT), it is important you record this result on your My Covid Record. Find out more about Rapid Antigen Testing.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

If you test positive via a self-administered rapid antigen test (RAT), it is important you record this result on your My Covid Record.

Find out how to use a RAT and the days you need to take a RAT test (PDF). If you are a household contact and are asymptomatic, this should be 3 days after the case tested positive, and again on day 7. If you develop symptoms at any time, test as soon as you are able, and again 24 hours later if your first test was negative AND you still have symptoms.

If you test positive, you do not need to take any further tests.

Please help ensure that RATs are given to those who really need them:

  • Household contact day 3 or 7
  • Anyone with symptoms.

This will help Health services provide support and manaaki to those who need it, and it will also help to manage queues at testing sites.

Only go to a testing or collection site if you have symptoms or live with someone who has COVID-19. Close contacts no longer need to get a test.

Tests will continue to be available for those who need them and supplies are replenished regularly. You can request a RAT.

If you get COVID-19 you’re likely to fully recover at home with self-care and without the need to access any medical services. Very few people in the student-aged population will need regular phone calls from a healthcare professional as Omicron severity is much less than the Delta strain.

It can be reassuring to call and talk to a healthcare professional when you have concerns. However, because Omicron can spread very quickly, demand for health services could be high so we need to ensure that we can continue to provide care to those who need it the most. Please in the first instance use resources on this page for advice on self-management. Self-care helps ensure the more vulnerable people will be able to access to the care they need.

If you are COVID positive, you will need to self-isolate. See our webpage on self-isolation for information on support available and things to consider.

If you test positive for COVID-19, there will be support available to you. Students who live in university accommodation will receive information about what to do if they get sick from their Head of Hall.

General self-care includes:

  • Staying hydrated with water, or if you have diarrhoea, oral rehydration drinks like gastrolyte (available from pharmacy)
  • Eat healthily and regularly
  • Taking simple pain relief such as paracetamol or ibuprofen for discomfort
  • Keep monitoring your symptoms and know when to ask for help (see below)
  • Avoid strenuous exercise until you are totally well
  • Keeping connected with friends and family using virtual platforms
  • Limit media, avoid alcohol and drugs as these can contribute to anxiety and distress
  • Stick to a routine and be kind to yourself

Do contact your health care provider if you have any of the following:

  • you have new or more trouble breathing
  • your symptoms are getting significantly worse
  • you have symptoms of dehydration such as dry mouth, passing little urine and light feeling very lightheaded

Call 111 for:

  • Severe trouble breathing
  • Severe chest pain
  • Coughing blood
  • Very confused
  • Passing out

You can find further information on the Heath Navigator and Unite against COVID websites, including: