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COVID-19 Command Bulletin | 5.30pm 27 May 2021

 

5.30 pm | 27 May 2021

Hi all,

A new direction regarding cross border travel was issued yesterday in response to recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Victoria.

This update provides important additional advice specifically for CALHN staff.

Effective from 6:00pm 26 May 2021

From 6.00pm 26 May 2021, if you have been in Greater Melbourne on or after 20 May 2021 you are not permitted to enter South Australia.

Entry is permitted for returning residents, people relocating to South Australia, and people fleeing domestic violence, however, on arrival you must:

  • quarantine for 14 days
  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 13 of quarantine
  • wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time you come into contact with the public for 14 day quarantine period (i.e. when seeking testing).

Essential travellers are also permitted, however they must adhere to the requirements outlined in the Cross border travel direction.

Travel from Greater Melbourne

If you have been in Greater Melbourne on or after 20 May and entered South Australia before 6.00pm 26 May, you must:

  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and quarantine until you receive a negative result
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in your first test, unless you have symptoms
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event or high risk setting for 14 days after your arrival unless you are permitted under Clause 9 in the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel—General) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

Travel from City of Greater Bendigo

If you are entering South Australia and have been in the City of Greater Bendigo on or after 22 May 2021, you must:

  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and quarantine until you receive a negative result
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in your first test, unless you have symptoms
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event or high risk setting for 14 days after your arrival unless you are permitted under Clause 9 in the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel—General) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

Additional advice for healthcare workers

If you have been in Greater Melbourne or the City of Greater Bendigo during the timeframes mentioned above you should:

  • get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and self-isolate until you receive a negative result
  • complete the self-isolation form
  • contact your line manager and the Clinical Worker Health Service (contact details are below) for further advice and a risk assessment before returning to work.

You will be required to get tested again on day 5 and day 13 after your arrival to South Australia.

This policy applies to all CALHN staff regardless of your vaccination status.

Some clinical staff will still be required to self-isolate for the full 14 days even with a negative COVID-19 test result. It is important to make contact with CALHN’s Clinical Worker Health Service to determine if this applies to your particular circumstance.

If are able to work effectively from home while you are self-isolating, please speak with your manager to make arrangements. You may need to complete a new working from home form.

Where flexible working arrangements are not possible, for the period of self-quarantine, the leave provisions outlined in the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Determination 3.1: Supplementary Provisions for COVID-19 are applicable.

Clinical health worker service

Royal Adelaide Hospital: Mon– Fri, 8am - 4pm

Telephone: 0401 689 039, email Health.RAHworkerhealthservice@sa.gov.au

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Mon- Fri, 8am - 4pm, Telephone: 0423 824 010, email: HealthTQEHworkerhealthservice@sa.gov.au

After hours urgent healthcare worker related queries, telephone: 0438 976 481

Rachael Kay
CALHN COVID-19 Commander

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