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Symptoms and testing

If you test positive to a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) immediately declare your result using the Rapid Antigen Test declaration form. This is a legal requirement. This will trigger an email with next steps.

Symptoms

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms include:

  • fever (a temperature of 37.5˚C or higher)
  • chills or night sweats
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • tiredness (fatigue)
  • difficulty breathing
  • headache
  • muscle pain (myalgia)
  • loss of sense of smell (anosmia)
  • distortion of sense of taste (dysgeusia)
  • nausea and vomiting
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • runny nose
  • acute blocked nose (congestion).

In the Territory, anyone with one or more of the symptoms can access testing for COVID-19.

Check symptoms on the Australian Government's healthdirect website and make sure you are COVID ready.

COVID-19 tests

The NT COVID-19 testing procedure is to use a Rapid Antigen Test to confirm a positive diagnosis of COVID-19.

PCR tests are no longer required to validate a Rapid Antigen Test result and will only be used if clinically required or requested by an authorised officer.

NT Rapid Antigen Testing and Distribution Points

Individuals can collect Rapid Antigen Tests for free from NT distribution centres - businesses are required to source their own.

Supplies will be provided for immediate use only. Large supplies for future use will not be provided. You can also purchase your own. An approved list of tests are listed on the tga.gov.au website.

Rapid Antigen Tests are provided to members of the public to take away and perform testing as directed. Results will be available 15 to 20 minutes after completion.

Rapid Antigen Tests can be collected from the following locations:

  • East Arm drive-through testing facility for the Greater Darwin region (Daily) at 26 Nebo Road, East Arm.
  • GP SuperClinic Palmerston (Monday to Friday) at 3 Gurd Street, Farrar NT 0830.
  • Katherine Vaccination Centre (Monday to Friday) at 19 Second Street Katherine at the Training Centre
  • Pandemic Clinic on weekends at Katherine Hospital Knots Crossing Road via Gorge Road – follow the signs.
  • Gove Peninsula Drive through Pandemic Clinic on Arnhem Road or the Walk in Pandemic Clinic on Franklyn Street, Nhulunbuy
  • Alice Springs Pandemic Coordination Centre at 44 Bath Street Alice Springs
  • Tennant Creek Hospital at 45 Schmidt St, Tennant Creek NT 0860.

If using a Rapid Antigen Test at home for yourself or your child, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Your results will be available 15 to 20 minutes after completion.

PCR Testing

You need to have a COVID-19 PCR test if clinically required or requested by an authorised officer.

If you test positive for COVID-19 with a PCR test, you will be contacted by NT Health via a text message or phone call.

If you are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test you can:

The Hotline is currently experiencing a high volume of calls. For a faster response book online, only call the Hotline if you require assistance with translations or are experiencing IT issues.

Rapid Antigen Test results

If you test positive to a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) immediately declare your result using the Rapid Antigen Test declaration form. This is a legal requirement. This will trigger an email with next steps.

  • Katherine Hospital COVID-19 drive-through testing site

    Drive-through only - bookings required.

    Opening hours: 9am to 5pm daily.

    Address: Katherine Hospital, Giles Street, Katherine NT 0850.

    Bookings can made online or by calling the NT COVID-19 hotline on 1800 490 484.

    When attending the drive-through testing sites, please ensure you:

    • wear a mask
    • stay in your car
    • bring photo ID
    • bring your Medicare card.
  • East Arm drive-through testing facility

    Opening hours: 8am to 6pm daily.

    Address: 26 Nebo Road, East Arm.

    When attending the drive-through testing sites, please ensure you:

    • wear a mask, even if you are not symptomatic
    • when in the testing facility, turn your engine off
    • stay in your car
    • bring photo ID
    • bring your Medicare card
    • if arriving in a taxi or rideshare vehicle, be sure to sit in the back, with the windows down.

    The following are not permitted:

    • trucks
    • bicycles
    • walk-ins.

    Motorbikes are allowed at the testing facility.

    Palmerston GP Super Clinic (respiratory clinic)

    Palmerston GP Superclinic - appointment only.

    Open for assisted testing.

    Address: 3 Gurd Street, Farrar NT 0830.

    To make an appointment use the Palmerston GP Super Clinic online booking form or call 08 8919 8919.

    Transport and freight operators only

    Assisted testing.

    To make an appointment call 0448 582 731.

  • Alice Springs Pandemic Coordination Centre

    Opening hours: 7am to 7pm daily.

    Address: 44 Bath Street Alice Springs

    Alice Springs Respiratory Clinics (suitable for children and adults)

    Assisted testing and self-collected testing.

    Opening hours: 1pm to 6pm Monday to Friday.

    Address: Central Clinic, 8 Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs NT 0870.

    To make an appointment call 08 7999 6100.

    Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Respiratory Clinic (suitable for children 12 years and over and adults)

    Assisted testing and self-collected testing.

    Opening hours:

    • 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, closed between 1pm and 2pm daily.

    Address: 14 Leichhardt Terrace, Alice Springs NT 0870.

    To make an appointment call 1800 514 400.

  • Tennant Creek Hospital Respiratory Clinic

    Walk-ins are accepted.

    • Open daily from 8am – 4pm.

    45 Schmidt St, Tennant Creek NT 0860.
    Wheelchair and pram accessible.
    To book an appointment you can call 8962 4399 or book online.

  • The Nhulunbuy testing centres are open over the weekend for all residents of the Gove Peninsula:

    • Nhulunbuy Drive-thru clinic - Enter from Arnhem Road.
      Saturday and Sunday: 8.30am to 4.00pm
    • Nhulunbuy Town Centre walk-in clinic - At the Uniting Church, entry through Franklyn Street car park.
      Saturday: 8.30am to 12.00pm.

    Gove Peninsula ‘Drive-Through’ Pandemic Clinic

    Assisted testing.

    Opening hours:

    • 9.30am to 4:30pm Monday to Sunday

    Address: Enter from Arnhem Road and follow the signs to the GAS/Rotary House area behind the Bakery.

    Bookings can be made online.

    Nhulunbuy Drive-thru clinic

    Weekdays: 8:30am to 4:00pm

    Nhulunbuy Town Centre ‘Walk In’ Clinic

    Weekdays: 8.30am to 12.00pm.

    If you come to the walk in clinic, please ensure you are wearing a mask, stay at least 1.5M for others in the line and identify if you have any symptoms.

    Address: Uniting Church on Franklyn Street, enter via Franklyn Street carpark.

    Bookings can be made online.