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Testing & results

Confirmation and results

The Isle of Man opened its own local coronavirus testing facility on Monday 20 April 2020. The unit can process a maximum of 200 tests per day and results will be returned by text message within 24 hours.

For those individuals awaiting results after being tested for COVID-19, it is important to emphasise that they could be suffering from flu or another ailment.  The delay in results is not an indication of a potential positive result.

Until you receive your test result DO NOT stop self-isolating because you are feeling better.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will receive:

  • advice from clinicians at 111, which will include self-isolation period 
  • You will be issued by the Cabinet Office – Public Health 111/Contact Tracing Service (on behalf of the Manx Care) a self-isolation direction notice which requires you to undertake mandatory self-isolation, as specified by 111, from the on-set of your symptoms.  It is a legal requirement to comply with the Direction Notice to ensure you minimise the risk of further spread of COVID-19 to others by remaining in mandatory self-isolation.

Your contact details will be passed onto the Public Health Contact Tracing Service so any contacts with other persons can be followed up and they too may be issued with a mandatory direction notice and instruction to self-isolate for a specified period.

Please refer to our Privacy Notice on how the Cabinet Office will use your personal data for these purposes

If you test negative for COVID-19, you will be advised by 111 that you (and your household) may end self-isolation.  If you are still required to complete a mandatory self-isolation by law under a specific direction notice (eg because you have recently arrived on the Island, or are a high risk contact for a COVID-19 positive individual)  even if you have tested negative you MUST remain in self-isolation.