How to Report Your Positive RAT / PCR Test Results? All HK Quarantine Arrangements that You Mustn’t Miss
COVID-19 cases are climbing again! Don’t forget that you can now report your positive rapid antigen test (RAT) results to the government online platform. Learn more about declaring your results and 4 crucial quarantine arrangements for infected persons below.
- Declaring Your Positive Test Results
- Multi-Tiered Triage Measures for Isolation
- Medical Arrangement for Infected Persons
- Criteria For Discharge
- Electronic Wristband Arrangement
Declaring Your Positive Test Results
When you are tested positive for COVID-19 and notified via SMS, or obtain a positive RAT result, you will be considered as infected. Your household member(s) will be considered as close contact(s). You should provide information to the CHP through the links below on the day of test or the following day, the DH will issue an isolation order to you and quarantine order(s) to your household member(s) respectively via SMS for sick leaves and subsequent recovery QR code application.Declaration System for Positive RAT ResultsDeclaration System for Positive PCR Results
Undergoing PCR Test after Reporting Positive RAT Results
All cases reported through the “Declaration System for individuals tested positive for COVID-19 using Rapid Antigen Test” will be required to undergo PCR test by the CHP. Cases confirmed to be negative by the PCR test will be deleted from the confirmed case record. The relevant persons will no longer be able to use the quarantine orders issued by the Government or recovery QR code records.
Not Declaring / Declaring False Test Records Will Be Prosecuted
Although persons not declaring positive test results are not issued an isolation or quarantine order, according to the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A) Section 32, relevant persons knowing that he is a contact or is infected still expose other persons to the risk of infection by going to public places or taking transportation is a criminal offence.
According to the Prevention and Control of Disease (Disclosure of Information) Regulation (Cap. 599D), it is a criminal offence for any person to provide false or misleading information to a health officer or an authorised officer. Offenders are liable to a fine of $10,000 and imprisonment for six months.
Multi-Tiered Triage Measures for Isolation
|Risk||Target Group||Treatment & Isolation Facilities|
|High Risk||Patients in critical conditions||Hospitals|
|High Risk||Patients in need of hospitalization (including patients in serious conditions, elderly and patients with chronic diseases)||Hospitals|
|Medium Risk||Patients in relatively stable conditions||North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre and Community Treatment Facilities|
|Medium Risk||Asymptomatic patients or patients who do not require medical support but have to be isolated in isolation facilities due to their care needs or household environment||Dedicated Community Isolation Facilities(CIFs)|
|Low Risk||Asymptomatic patients residing in places suitable for isolation who do not require medical care or support||Home isolation with support, Designated Clinics, etc.|
Asymptomatic patients or those with mild illnesses with no high risk factors are generally considered acceptable for home isolation, subject to suitable living conditions. The following living conditions are generally considered not acceptable for home isolation:
- Residing in subdivided flats or have to share toilets and / or kitchen with other non-household individuals
- Without designated living space, including a dedicated bedroom for self-isolation
- Without a designated toilet for the patient
- With household members belonging to the high risk group in the same living environment
The following high risk groups who cannot monitor their own health condition, or cannot seek urgent medical attention if their health condition deteriorates are not advised to be isolated at home:
- Elderly aged ≥70 years
- Children aged ≤5 years
- Pregnant women at ≥28 weeks gestation
- Immunocompromised patients
In addition to general CIFs, the Government CIF at Penny’s Bay caters for the elderly to be isolated along with accompanying carers and for children to be isolated together with accompanying parents or carers. Furthermore, the Holding Centres for the elderly can accommodate elderly with care needs and provide care support during their period of isolation.“StayHomeSafe” Arrangement All Home Confinees and Household Members Should Know
Medical Arrangement for Infected Persons
The Government will deliver anti-epidemic kits to you after reporting your positive test results. If you cannot make arrangements for your daily necessities or require emotional counselling, please contact the 1833 019 hotline.
Infected persons presenting with mild symptoms of infection (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat) should seek help in Designated Clinics.Designated Clinics Address and Booking Hotline
- Enquiry Hotline: 2300 6555
- Booking and Service Hours: Monday to Sunday and Public Holidays 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
Designated Taxi Fleet
You can book the designated fleet services through the online platform or through the hotline at 3693 4770 to enjoy free transport services between your place of residence and the designated clinics.Book Your Designated Fleet Service
If you have enquiries on medical care, you may call the Hospital Authority telephone hotline at 1836 115. If your health condition deteriorates, you should urgently call the 999 hotline.
Criteria For Discharge
The default isolation period is 14 days. Criteria for discharge varies depending on the infected persons’ vaccination status.
Those have received at least 2 doses of vaccines
You can undergo RATs on Day 6 and Day 7 after obtaining a positive test result, if both results are negative, you may be considered as recovered and continue with your daily activities. If you obtain a positive RAT result on either day, you should continue isolation and undergo daily RAT until negative results on two consecutive days are obtained.
Those have received no / only 1 dose of vaccine
You should undergo a RAT on Day 14, you are considered as recovered only after obtaining a negative result. If your result is positive, you should continue isolation and undergo daily RAT until a negative result is obtained.
The day following testing or collection of sample is counted as Day 1; if there is no such testing or collection record, the day on receiving the test result is counted as Day 1.
Electronic Wristband Arrangement
Starting from 15 July 2022, infected persons undergoing home isolation will be required to put on electronic wristbands.
The Government will arrange staff to visit your dwelling place to deliver and put on electronic wristbands and install the “StayHomeSafe” mobile app, together with anti-epidemic kits.
When you have followed the above testing arrangement and if you have received at least two doses of vaccines, and obtain RAT negative results on both Day 6 and Day 7, or when you are admitted to a hospital or isolation facility, you may cut and dispose of the wristband and uninstall the “StayHomeSafe” mobile app.