If you are a Key Worker who has had a POSITIVE test result

If you are a key worker, have had a test for COVID-19, and have received the result of your test via text message, please follow the advice below for you and members of your household.

If you are a Key Worker who has had a POSITIVE test result for COVID-19 infection:

  • Self-Isolate

You and your whole household must self-isolate at home in line with the UK Government self-isolation guidance

To reduce the risk of passing on the infection to other household members you should take actions as outlined in the guidance.

  • Return to Work – day 8 if:

You (as key worker) can return to work in line with the PHE self-isolation policy:

  • On day 8 after the onset of symptoms as long as you do not have a high temperature (without taking medications such as paracetamol, etc.) for the last 48 hours.
  • If by day 8, you have not had a raised temperature for 48 hours, and your only symptom is a persistent cough, you can still return to work (post-viral cough is known to persist for several weeks in some cases).

Your household members are to self-isolate for 14 days from your symptom onset date; if they subsequently develop symptoms themselves, they must self-isolate for at least 7 days from their symptom onset.  Further details are available in the UK Government self-isolation guidance

If the ill person in the household is not showing signs of improvement after 7 days and has not already sought medical advice, visit the NHS Direct Wales website or call NHS 111.  If it is a medical emergency, call 999.

If you are a Key Worker who has had a POSITIVE test result for COVID-19 infection but have never had any symptoms:

  • You might have had a very mild illness in the recent past
  • You might have been tested just before developing symptoms
  • You may never develop any symptoms

Even though you have not had symptoms, you can still pass the virus to others. You must still follow the ‘Self-isolation’ and ‘Return to Work’ advice outlined above in ‘Key workers who have had a POSITIVE test for COVID-19 Infection’

The date your COVID-19 test was taken should be used as the first day of the 7 day self-isolation period.  If you subsequently develop symptoms within that 7 days, then use the date of onset of your symptoms as the first day of your self-isolation period.  The same date (either your test date or the date of onset of your new symptoms) is used as the first day of the 14 day isolation period for your household members.