Victorian COVID Update: How to Find Department of Health Website to Record Positive RAT Results

Victoria’s new website for reporting positive rapid antigenic test results has been launched with the aim of better tracking the number of people infected with COVID-19.

As of Friday, the reporting of positive rapid antigenic tests (RATs) is now mandatory and can be done in Victoria by phone or through an online portal.

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The online form asks the user nine questions to determine the severity of their illness, and then offers additional medical care if needed.

An online form asks each person nine questions to determine the severity of their illness, and additional medical care will be offered if necessary. Image file. Credit: LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE

The online portal can be found on the Victorian Health Department website here.

The form has three steps – Screening, Details and Declaration – the user must first enter the date and time of the return of the positive test.

Then nine questions are:

  1. Have you been told that you have recently been in contact with someone with COVID-19?
  2. Have you recently been ill with symptoms of COVID-19?
  3. Do you need help staying at home?
  4. Have you received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine?
  5. How many doses of vaccine have you received, if any?
  6. Have you had any symptoms in the past five days?
  7. If you have symptoms, how sick do you feel?
  8. Do you have the following conditions (including a current pregnancy or treatment for cancer, blood disorder, psychiatric disorder, or lung, heart, kidney or liver disease)?
  9. Are you happy to contact your GP for your clinical care?

Anyone who answers no to questions one and two is recommended to take a PCR test to confirm their result.

“What these questions allow us to do is triage people to make sure those with mild symptoms and can take care of themselves can fend for themselves,” Victoria’s test commander said. , Jeroen Weimar.

The online portal is located at the Victorian Health Department.
The online portal is located at the Victorian Health Department. Credit: Victorian Health Department

“For that very small proportion where the symptoms are more severe, we’ll make sure they have that extra support.”

Under the test change, those who test positive on a RAT will be considered “probable” cases and must self-isolate immediately for seven days and notify their contacts.

“Probable” cases will be reported via daily figures on the Ministry of Health’s Twitter feed.

Victoria COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar.
Victoria COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar. Credit: DANIEL POCKET/AAPIMAGE

Positive RAT results can also be recorded via the Coronavirus hotline where translators are also available.

Meanwhile, Mr Weimar also said hundreds of thousands of RATs have started arriving in Victoria and are expected to continue arriving in the coming days.

Many are distributed at test sites and are offered to those who are asymptomatic.

Daniel L. Vasquez