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.
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
- 08 8919 8919 or schedule an appointment online
- Opening hours
Mon – Fri, 8am – 4:45pm and
Sat 10:15am – 1:30pm
- Danila Dilba Health Service
- 08 8942 5303 or schedule an appointment online.
- Opening hours
Mon – Fri, 8:30am to 4pm
Access to the Pandemic Clinic at Royal Darwin Hospital and the drive-through testing clinic at the Howard Springs facility is by appointment only through the NT Centre for Disease Control.
Please call 1800 008 002 to discuss your need for an appointment.
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 3:30pm - call 0476 828 005 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
- Open from Monday July 20
- 17 Wilkinson Street, Alice Springs
- Monday to Friday from 9am – 4pm
- and Saturday and Sunday 9am – 12pm
- Make an appointment by calling:
NT COVID-19 Hotline 1800 008 002 Monday to Friday 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.
- 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.