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You’ve been tested; now what?

A Salt Lake County Health Department employee will contact you with your test results 3–5 days after your test. If you do not receive a call by the 5th day, call us at 385-468-4100.

If you have symptoms or have been exposed, STAY HOME so you don’t expose anyone else.

If your test comes back POSITIVE for COVID-19

  • A Salt Lake County Health Department contact tracer will contact you within 72 hours to ask you about where you have been and with whom you have been in contact while you have been ill.
  • It is very important that you answer questions honestly and follow any instructions.
  • We will never ask for financial information or for your social security number.
  • Everything you tell the contact tracer is private and used only to help stop the spread of disease; we DO NOT share identifying information with police, immigration, or any other government agencies.
  • If you have symptoms, you will need to stay isolated at home for 10 days from when your symptoms began AND until you have been without a fever (without the aid of fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours.
  • If you do not have symptoms, you will need to stay isolated at home for 10 days from your test date.
  • Whether you have symptoms or not, if you are positive for COVID you must NOT go to work, to school, to the store, to the home of friends or family members, or anywhere else until you are cleared by your contact tracer to
    leave home.
  • Tell your contact tracer if you cannot isolate at home for any reason, such as there are too many people and the home is small, or if you have nowhere to go. Salt Lake County has assistance for this and can help.

If your test comes back NEGATIVE for COVID-19

Your negative result means you DID NOT have COVID at the time of testing.

• If you were tested because you were exposed, you still need to complete your full 14-day quarantine period in case you develop symptoms later in that time.
• You could still become exposed and infected after being tested, so it is important that you continue to:
    • Stay at least 6 feet away from people outside your household as much as possible.
    • Wear a face covering whenever you leave home and cannot easily stay 6 feet away from others.
    • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly (using soap and water for AT LEAST 20 seconds).
    •  Stay home and seek out testing again if you develop symptoms of illness, such as cough, fever, chills, difficulty breathing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.