Testing is part of Saskatchewan Health Authority's efforts to mitigate and delay the spread of COVID-19. False negative results for COVID-19 may occasionally occur if the amount of virus, or viral load, in the person being tested is low. This can occur when the person is in the first and last days of the infection.
In a person who has no COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic), a negative test result can mean:
In a person who is already showing COVID-19 symptoms, a negative test result can mean:
If you test negative, what should you do?
If you tested negative and then develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, self-isolate and call HealthLine 811 to see if another test is recommended.
If you already have symptoms and test negative and your symptoms continue or worsen, self-isolate and call HealthLine 811 or your primary health care provider. Continue to self-isolate until at least 48 hours have passed or until symptoms significantly resolve AND:
If you are a health care worker with symptoms and you test negative, continue to self-isolate until 48 hours after symptoms significantly resolve. Repeat testing if your test was performed less than 48 hours after symptom onset OR if symptoms worsen OR if symptoms continue for more than seven days.
All Saskatchewan residents are asked to monitor themselves for symptoms as long as COVID-19 is circulating in the population. The province has
expanded testing guidelines to include those currently working outside of the home or those returning to work, as well as people working in industries, factories or in similar high volume settings. Immunocompromised patients and the health care workers caring for them will also be offered testing. Everyone should be familiar with self-monitoring and self-isolation precautions, in order to keep those around them safe.
A staff member at Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory tests for COVID-19.