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Click here to view the DHHS assessment and testing criteria for coronavirus (COVID-19).

People without symptoms should not be tested except in special circumstances such as recovered cases wishing to return to work in a healthcare facility or aged care facility or where requested by the department as part of outbreak management or enhanced surveillance.

Victorian coronavirus (COVID-19) testing criteria

20 June 2020

Fever OR chills in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that explains the clinical presentation*.


Acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or loss of taste).

*Clinical discretion applies; consider potential for co-infection (e.g. SARS-CoV-2 and influenza).

Additional testing note:

People who are at higher risk of infection due to their environmental exposure should also be tested if they have new onset of other clinical symptoms associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) (e.g. headache, myalgia, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea) AND meet the following epidemiological criteria:

  • Close contacts of a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Returned overseas travel in the past 14 days.
  • Health care or aged care workers. 

Case definition

Confirmed case

A person who tests positive to a validated SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test


has the virus isolated in cell culture, with PCR confirmation using a validated method


undergoes a seroconversion to or has a significant rise in SARS-CoV-2 neutralising or IgG antibody level (i.e. four-fold or greater rise in titre)

Probable case

  • A person who has detection of SARS-CoV-2 neutralising or IgG antibody AND has had a compatible clinical illness AND meets one or more of the epidemiological criteria outlined in the additional testing note above.

Only confirmed and probable cases need to be notified to the department. Notify the department of confirmed cases as soon as practicable by calling 1300 651 160, 24 hours a day.

Last Modified: Thursday, 09 July 2020

Questions or concerns about COVID-19?

Victorian Coronavirus hotline

  • Ph 1800 675 398

Barwon Health COVID-19 Screening Clinic

  • Ph 4215 4445