What leave do I need to take if I am considered a close contact, have no symptoms and have to isolate?
If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting your test results you should discuss with your manager if it is practicable and appropriate for you to work from home until test results are confirmed.
If you are well, and unable to attend the workplace due to being required to isolate and flexible working arrangements are not practicable, special leave with pay may be available.
What leave do I need to take if I am considered a close contact, have symptoms and have to isolate?
If you are unwell, and unable to attend the workplace due to being required to isolate, you will need to access your sick leave.
When can I return to work?
Your return to work will depend on what type of close contact you are.
If you are exposed in a social or workplace environment, you may be able to return to work after a first negative test, with additional daily testing and other actions to keep you safe.
If you are a close contact of someone in your immediate household who has tested positive and you can remain separated, you will need to isolate for at least 6 days, with a further PCR on day 6 and daily RAT on your return to work.
If you are a close contact of someone in your immediate household who has tested positive and you cannot isolate separately, you must not return to work until day 6 and your day 6 PCR is negative. You will then need to do daily RATs until 10 days after the last household member was detected as positive. RATs will then continue as per the regimen required for that staff member - either daily for clinical or alternate daily for non-clinical.
SA Health is reviewing these guidelines and they may change.
Who do I need to contact?
If you test positive you need to inform your line manager and complete the online form.
For more information on close contacts visit the SA Health website.