In South Australia a ‘close contact’ can be one of the following:
- a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period
- has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 for a cumulative period of 4 hours or more during their infectious period:
- where masks are not worn by the person and the COVID-19 case and
- in close physical proximity (within 1.5 metres) and
- in an indoor setting
- has been notified by SA Health that they are a close contact
- has been to an exposure site listed on the SA Health website.
People with COVID-19 are considered infectious two days before their symptoms started or if they didn’t have any noticeable symptoms, they are considered infectious two days before they had their positive COVID-19 test taken.
**If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get a PCR test as soon as possible.
If you are a close contact, you must:
- wear a mask when you leave the house for 7 days after your exposure date (12 years and older)
- undertake 5 rapid antigen tests over the 7 days after your exposure date (with at least 24 hours between tests and one test on day 7)
- report your rapid antigen test results if you test positive
- not attend Tier 1 (hospitals, aged care & disability residential care facility or correctional facility) settings for 14 days after your exposure date, except for the purposes of obtaining medical care or medical supplies, or except if you are an emergency services worker attending to respond to an emergency
- not attend Tier 2 (healthcare services including Nunkuwarrin Yunti) settings for 7 days after exposure date, except for the purposes of obtaining medical care or medical supplies, or except if you are an emergency services worker attending to respond to an emergency
- notify your employer or school or early childcare settings that you are a close contact.
You should also:
- not go to any gatherings for 7 days after the date you were exposed
- not go near people who have other health conditions or have severe illness, for at least 7 days after your exposure date
- work from home where possible
- report your rapid antigen test results even if you test negative
- notify healthcare and high risk setting prior to arrival for, medical care or medical supplies.
If you are quarantining with other people, you do not need to restart or follow these requirements each time another person in the house tests positive. More information is available from SA Health.
We are also here to help. Contact Nunkuwarrin Yunti us on 8406-1600.