Do the responsible thing and isolate is the plea from a Victorian health service as the community shifts to greater reliance on self-diagnosing COVID-19 tools.
Ballarat Health Services' acting chief executive Ben Kelly welcomed a government change to increase at-home rapid antigen testing in a bid to ease pressure on COVID-19 testing facilities.
Mr Kelly said it would be disappointing for people to fail to isolate with symptoms due to the challenges in accessing any testing.
"The vast majority of our community, if not all, have proven they are responsible in the context of this pandemic and we encourage people, if they have symptoms, to isolate themselves and minimise the likelihood of passing on what may be coronavirus or may not be," Mr Kelly said.
Anyone who receives a positive COVID-19 result from a RAT must notify Victoria's health department, online at coronavirus.vic.gov.au or via the Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398, and to isolate for seven days.
Nine questions you will be asked after a positive RAT result to determine extra health department support:
Household or close contacts of a person with COVID-19, or anyone unwell with COVID-19 symptoms is urged to get a PCR test from a health professional.
Victoria's acting chief health officer Ben Cowie said more than 95 per cent of positive results from a rapid antigen test were actual positive COVID-19 cases.
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