While You Wait for Your COVID-19 Test Results

What you should do while you wait for your COVID-19 test results

 and what to do if you test positive


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has shared further instructions for people who have been tested for COVID-19 and what you should do while waiting for your test results. If you are a resident that tests positive for COVID-19, you should stay home and start isolation. One of the nurses from the Framingham Health Department will contact you to provide support through the isolation period, and to start the contact tracing process. It is important to answer the call to help control the spread of the virus. View this information in English (PDF)Portuguese (PDF)and Spanish (PDF).  

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Para visualizar essas informações em Português, clique aqui.

While you are waiting for your test result:

You should stay at home and quarantine until you have your test results

If you have a positive test result:

  • You must isolate for a minimum of 10 days. 
  • Do not socialize, work outside the home, or leave the home for any reason other than an emergency (doctors, pharmacy, etc.)
  • If you do not receive a call from the Health Department (we do not use MA COVID Team in Framingham) please contact us at 508-532-5470

If you have a negative test result:

  • Your public health nurse will advise you on your options and length of quarantine.
    • Given the ongoing trend of low new COVID-19 cases, as of May 19, the City will change its standard quarantine protocol to the State's least restrictive model. This will also apply to children ages 0-18. The new protocol includes seven days of strict quarantine with release on day eight if:
  • A negative test (either PCR or Abbott BinaxNOW antigen) taken on day five or later; AND
  • The individual has not experienced any symptoms up to that point; AND
  • The individual conducts active monitoring (monitoring for symptoms and a daily temperature check) through Day 14
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    https://www.framinghamma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/39406/English_Waiting_Test-1

    https://www.framinghamma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/39406/English_Waiting_Test-1