Anyone who tests positive using a rapid antigen test will be required to register their result on the Service NSW app.
RATs are difficult to buy at the moment. Dolphin Office Choice in Casino had some RATs that were sold out within 20 minutes. Staff said they’re not expecting delivery of more tests for another six weeks.
Most people do not need a PCR test to confirm they are covid positive.
State Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the reporting of a positive RAT will be required under a public health order.
From next week, anyone who doesn’t report their positive covid test will be fined $1000.
“Ensuring individuals are connected to the appropriate public health advice and keeping a watch on trends is the prime purpose,” Mr Hazzard said.
If you are under 65 years of age, have had two doses of a covid vaccine, do not suffer from any chronic health conditions and are not pregnant, you may be able to safely manage covid at home, Mr Hazzard said.
Customer Service and Digital Government Minister Victor Dominello said privacy would be at the forefront of the new reporting feature on the Service NSW app.
“Service NSW will send the information directly to NSW Health, it isn’t shared with any third parties, and is then deleted from Service NSW records within days,” Mr Dominello said.
Most people with covid will have a mild illness and will recover in a few days with some people having no symptoms at all, he said.