What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result

Not sure what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been diagnosed with COVID-19? Read on for next steps. 

Do I need a COVID test?

If you have any symptoms, you must complete a daily health check. Use the BC Thrive Health App to determine if COVID-19 testing is needed.

Who do I notify?


Notify your face-to-face instructor(s) if you will be absent. 

Student living in VIU Residence

Please notify VIU Student Residence if you develop any symptoms and begin isolating immediately in your room. Please make a list of any close contacts you have had 48 hours before you developed symptoms and notify them please also share this list with VIU Student Residence.


If you will be absent, notify your manager as per normal sick leave reporting. 

Managing your illness:

The BC Centre of Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website provides thorough guidance on next steps to manage your symptoms/illness.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you need to:

  • Self-isolate and manage your symptoms – you will need to isolate for 5-10 days depending on your vaccination status.
  • Notify your close contacts – you need to identify close contacts and provide them with instructions. A close contact is generally someone who has been near a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes with no safety measures in place (no masks, no distance, indoors). Generally, you should notify people you live or share a room with and people you had intimate contact with.

If you are a close contact:

  • You will need to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and will need to self-isolate if you are not fully immunized. 
  • For more information, visit the BCCDC for instructions for close contacts

Contact Tracing

Public health is transitioning to a self-managed contact tracing model due to increased case numbers and a shortened window for viral transmission to others. The BCCDC online rapid testing portal includes a question for employees and students working or learning at post-secondary institutions. We believe this information may be used to identify case clusters.