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What do I do if I test positive to COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test in South Australia?

As of Thursday 13 Jan 2022, the South Australian Government is providing free Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) test kits to people who are deemed close contacts. For more information about how to access these tests, please go to the SA Health website by clicking here.

Please note: If you test negative on you RAT test, but have symptoms of Covid-19 you must seek a PCR test.

What do I do if I test positive to the COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test in South Australia? 

 Report your positive RAT test and isolate immediately

SA Health require you to report your positive Covid test online, you do not need futher testing. You must also isolate from others in your home as best you can. Click here to report a potive RAT test:

 Tell your close contacts and advise them to get tested and to isolate. 

It is important to also let your employer and/ or care provider know at this stage. You can let SACARE know by calling 1300 145 636, or by emailing

You are considered a close contact with someone if you have been in contact with the person in the 48 hours before your symptoms began and the person is:

  • A household member or intimate partner
  • Someone you have had close personal interaction with during your infectious period (i.e. close physical proximity in an indoor setting for 15 minutes or more where masks are not worn)

➤ Await a positive result text message from SA Health and follow the directives in the message

Once you have reported your positive RAT test, you will receive a text message from SA Health that will include a link to a short survey. Please provide as much detail as you can as this helps SA Health identify your close contacts and if you are needing any support. 

➤ Prepare for your isolation

You will be in isolation for at least 10 days. Get in contact with friends and family to deliver groceries, or you can order groceries online. If you are unwell, be prepared with medicines and healthy foods…  painkillers and hydralyte are good to stock up on!

🚨 More information and support lines:

We have collected this information from the SA Health website. If you need more information, including for mental health or financial support, please follow this link:


If you have any questions, concerns or need our help give SACARE a call on 1300 145 636.