If you test positive using a rapid test, you must:
- self-isolate immediately for 10 days, in line with NHS guidance
- get a confirmatory PCR test within two days of the rapid test. If this is positive you must continue to self-isolate until the end of the 10 days. If it's negative, you can stop self-isolating.
After a positive test result and self-isolation, people should not have a further test of either kind within 90 days of their positive test.
Positive results from tests will be collected by NHS Test and Trace and published as part of the daily case numbers, including how many positive cases are detected with this new method of testing. NHS COVID-19 app users should input their results into the app.
Help if you test positive
You may be entitled to a £500 Test and Trace support payment, if you test positive. The government has set out this eligibility criteria.
Find out more and apply for a Test and Trace support payment
You can also contact Herts Help for any support when you’re self-isolating, including shopping, pet care or staying connected with people.
You must continue to follow the national restrictions in place at that time.
- Hands – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you don't normally meet.
- Space – stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you don't live with, or who is not in your support bubble.
A negative rapid test result doesn't constitute a 'green pass' and doesn't change the current national rules we all need to follow.