What to do and what to expect after your COVID-19 test
Important: If you have symptoms, please isolate yourself at home while awaiting your test results and read the instructions you were given during your test.
If you do not have any symptoms and have not had direct contact with someone with COVID-19, you do not need to self-isolate while waiting for your test results.
For more information on symptoms and COVID-19, visit the Quebec Ministry of Health page.
While you wait for your test results, you should continue to protect yourself and others:
- Respect physical distancing (stay at least 2 metres away from others).
- Wear a mask when you cannot keep 2 metres distance as well as in all indoor public spaces
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Read the Instructions for people awaiting screening or a COVID-19 test result on the Ministry of Health’s website:https://publications.msss.gouv.qc.ca/msss/en/document-002496/
Your test results
How will I find out my COVID-19 test result
If your test result is negative AND you have agreed to receive your result by text message
- You will be informed by text message that your test was negative for COVID-19. Please do not reply to this text. At the same time, you will receive a link to instructions for getting proof of your test result.
If your test result is positive OR you have not consented to receive your results by text message
- A nurse will contact you to inform you of your test result and of the steps to follow.
If you have not received a text or a call within 48 hours of your test, or if you have any questions about your test result, please call 514-934-1934 extension 37397 (7.30 to 15.30h 7 days a week).
How can I get proof of my test result?
If you do not receive a text message link to instructions for getting proof of your test result, you can email MUHC Medical Records at: [email protected].
- Please title the email “Request for proof of COVID-19 test result: First name Last name.
- Please include the name of you or your child, date of birth and medicare and hospital card numbers
A member of the Medical Records team will respond to you within 24 to 72 hours by email.
What do my results mean?
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You most likely did not have COVID-19 at the time of testingIn some cases, a false negative result occurs when a test is done in the early stages of a COVID-19 infection, when there are issues with the sample collected or because the test might not detect a very low amount of the virus.
If you develop symptoms:
If you never had symptoms AND have not been identified as at risk due to contact with someone with COVID-19:
If you have had contact with someone with COVID-19 you must continue to self-isolate for 14 days despite a negative test
You most likely have COVID-19
Even if you do not have any symptoms, it is possible to have COVID-19.For example, a positive test may be due to the start of a new COVID-19 infection (before you have any symptoms), or because you had COVID-19 sometime in the last 3 months. It is also possible to have COVID-19 and never have any symptoms.
Start self-isolating right away.
A public health professional will contact you to give you more information and instructions.
See also the Government of Quebec’s Instructions for People with COVID-19 in Home Isolation,
When to Go to an Emergency Room
Even if your test results were negative, you should go to an emergency room if your symptoms worsen or if you have any of the symptoms below:
- A fever of 38°C that lasts for more than 72 hours
- Trouble breathing when you are resting or make light efforts
- Chest pains
- Sudden dizzy spells
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- If you are worried about the state of your child’s health
If your child was tested and you are concerned about their state of health, you should take them to the Pediatric Emergency Room.
If you are unsure about your or your child’s symptoms, dial 811 to speak to nurse at lnfo-Sant