Symptoms and testing
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms include:
- fever (a temperature of 37.5˚C or higher)
- chills or night sweats
- sore throat
- tiredness (fatigue)
- difficulty breathing
- 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.
Testing may also be recommended by NT Health:
- following further assessment, or
- for asymptomatic people living or working in high-risk settings, or
- if you have recently been to a place where there is potential for COVID-19 transmission.
Some businesses ask employees to be tested as part of their COVID-19 safety plan. This testing is usually arranged privately and may be associated with a cost.
How to arrange testing
If you think you need to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19):
- make an appointment using the online booking form
- call the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 or
- call your GP.
Let the staff know at the GP practice if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are in quarantine when you make the appointment and follow the instructions given.
If you need to make an appointment at a respiratory clinic or a pandemic clinic, see the contact details for respective clinics in your local area below.
Note: All testing clinics are by appointment only. Do not turn up to a clinic without an appointment.
Collection centres and pandemic clinics provide a testing service only and do not provide medical advice.
Respiratory clinics provide medical advice and certificates in addition to testing.
If a person needs more information about whether they need a test call the NT COVID-19 Hotline 1800 490 484 for advice.
Royal Darwin Hospital Pandemic Clinic
Assisted testing and self-collected testing.
Opening hours: 8:30am to 4pm (7 days per week)
Address: Royal Darwin Hospital campus, 105 Rocklands Dr, Tiwi, NT
Watch instructions on self-collected testing.
Palmerston GP Super Clinic (respiratory clinic)
Address: 3 Gurd St, Farrar NT 0830
Transport and freight operators only
To make an appointment call 0448 582 731.
Drive-through COVID-19 Testing clinic (suitable for 13 years and over)
Opening hours 8.30 am – 4.30 pm (Mon-Sun)
Address: Todd Facility, 34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs
Alice Springs Respiratory Clinics (suitable for children and adults)
Assisted testing and self-collected testing.
Opening hours: 1pm-6pm (Mon-Fri)
Address: Central Clinic, 8 Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs NT 0870
To make an appointment call 08 7999 6100.
Central Australia Aboriginal Congress Respiratory Clinic (suitable for children and adults)
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm (Mon-Fri)
Address: 14 Leichhardt Terrace, Alice Springs NT 0870
To make an appointment call 1800 514 400.
Nhulunbuy Pandemic Clinic
Opening hours: 8:30am-3:30pm (Mon-Fri)
Address: Gove District Hospital, Matthew Flinders Way, Nhulunbuy NT 0880
To make an appointment call the NT COVID-19 hotline on 1800 490 484.
After arranging testing
If you do meet the testing criteria, you need to remain isolated at home or another appropriate location (e.g. hotel room) until you receive your negative test result. This means that you should:
- stay at home and do not attend work or school
- physical distance from other household members (e.g. use a separate bedroom and bathroom where possible, maintain 1.5 metres distance)
- 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 a mask if you can't avoid close contact with other people.
For more information read information sheet after being tested for COVID-19
It may take a few days for your test results to come back.
If you have symptoms but have received a negative test result you should stay home from work or school until these resolve.
If your symptoms are serious or become worse, seek immediate medical or emergency care. Call ahead and tell the staff you are waiting for your test or result.
If your test is positive, the NT Centre for Disease Control will let you know next steps for isolation and treatment.
The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to COVID-19. This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family.
For more information or to download the app visit the Australian Government's Department of Health website.