Symptoms and Testing
What are the symptoms?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms include:
- fever (sweats)
- cough or shortness of breath
- sore throat
- tiredness (fatigue).
You can check your symptoms on the Australian Government's healthdirect website.
How is coronavirus (COVID-19) different from the cold or flu
Contact a doctor
If you are sick and think you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), seek medical attention.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor or emergency department so they can prepare appropriate infection control measures.
Testing is free for all people in the Territory, including those who are not eligible for Medicare.
If you are having difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 000 for urgent medical help. If you are in quarantine advise the operator.
Who needs testing
In the Territory, anyone with the following symptoms can access testing for coronavirus (COVID-19):
- a recent, acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat)
- a fever (37.5°C or higher) or history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills)
- loss of smell or loss of taste.
If you are not displaying these symptoms then you don't need to be tested for coronavirus.
If you think you might need to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), contact your GP via phone for advice.
Your GP may be able to test you for coronavirus at their clinic/practice or you may be directed to a special testing facility.
If you can't contact your GP, contact your nearest respiratory clinic to make an appointment or call the NT COVID-19 hotline on 1800 008 002 or 08 8922 8044 for interstate callers.
All respiratory clinics are by appointment only. Do not turn up to any clinic without an appointment.
Darwin and Palmerston region
Respiratory clinics in the Darwin and Palmerston region conducting testing for coronavirus include:
- the Respiratory Clinic at Palmerston GP Super Clinic
Access to the Pandemic Clinic at Royal Darwin Hospital is by appointment only through the NT Centre for Disease Control. Testing facilities are also available at the Howard Springs Drive through Clinic. Please call the CDC Hotline 1800 008 002 to book an appointment.
Please call 1800 008 002 to discuss your need for an appointment.
Truck Central Testing Station
For transport and freight operators to arrange testing at the Darwin, Western Diagnostic facility located at Truck Central, Wishart.
Please call 0448 582 731 Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm to make a booking.
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 3:30pm - call 1800 008 002 to book an appointment and to receive further instructions for testing.
Katherine Pandemic Clinic is a drive-through facility at Katherine Hospital.
If you are feeling unwell, you should call 1800 008 002 to discuss and receive advice about the need for an appointment.
Tennant Creek Hospital - call ahead on 08 8962 4399.
Alice Springs and Central Australia
- Alice Springs Respiratory Clinic
- Phone 08 7999 6100 to book an appointment.
- Central Clinic and Mall Medical can carry out testing.
- Opening hours
Sat - Sun closed
- Drive-through COVID-19 Testing clinic
- Todd Facility, 34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs
- 8:30am – 11am and 2pm – 4:30pm seven days a week
- Make an appointment by calling:
NT COVID-19 Hotline 1800 008 002 Monday to Sunday 8.30am - 4pm
- Attendance at the clinic is by appointment only. Referrals can be made by your GP. People will be tested in the driveway. Do not leave your vehicle.
The opening hours for the Drive-Through Testing Clinic at the Todd Facility in Alice Springs will be restricted over the Christmas period. Please note the hours of operation between Thursday 24 December 2020 and Monday 4 January 2021.
- Central Australia Aboriginal Congress.
- Phone 1800 514 400 ahead to make testing arrangements.
- Opening hours
Mon-Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm
It may take a few days for the test results to come back.
If you have serious symptoms, you will be kept in hospital and isolated from other patients to prevent the virus spreading.
If your doctor says you are well enough to go home while you wait for your test results, you should do all of the following:
- stay at home and do not attend work or school
- do not share a room with anyone else in your household
- wash your hands often with soap and water
- cough and sneeze into your elbow
- avoid cooking for or caring for other members of your household
- wear the mask your doctor gives you if you can't avoid close contact with other people.
If your test is positive
If your test is positive, the NT Centre for Disease Control will let you know next steps for isolation and treatment.
Appropriate supervision and support will be provided.
The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family.
Please read the content on this page before downloading.
For more information, go to the Australian Government's Department of Health website.