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COVID-19 positive result? What to do


I have tested positive to COVID-19

What leave do I take?

If you test positive to COVID-19 you need to access your sick leave.

Working from home may be permitted if you are mildly symptomatic but otherwise remain well, and appropriate duties are available. This should be considered by the delegate on a case-by-case basis depending on the individual circumstances.

When can I return to work?

If you test positive for COVID-19, you need to isolate for 7 days. You can then return to work as long as you have no acute symptoms including a sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath in the last 24 hours of day 7 of your isolation.

If you are unwell or symptomatic, you must not return to work. If you are immunosuppressed please discuss with CWH, as viral clearance may be delayed.

Who do I need to contact?

If you test positive you need to inform your line manager and Clinical Worker Health and complete the online form.

It is important that you follow instructions, self-isolate immediately, and inform your close contacts to get tested and quarantine for 7 days since their last contact with you.

The COVID-19 Response Care Team (CRCT) will also contact you. Their role is to take care of you, they will:

  • advise you on what will happen and what you need to do next.
  • assess your clinical needs, what support you need, and where you will need to isolate until you are cleared (no longer infectious for COVID-19).
  • undertake regular physical and mental wellbeing checks, including virtual monitoring.
  • let your regular doctor know (if you have one) of your test result.

Based on that assessment, you will be advised on where you will be staying to receive care, which may include:

  • your home
  • supervised or supported care (such as in a hospital, in a designated medi-hotel, or in a supervised regional care facility)
  • hospital (for people who are acutely unwell).

Further information for staff can be found on the SA Health website. If staff become unwell during their quarantine period, they should call the number provided to them by CDCB.

COVID-19 Information

Find out more about COVID-19, including visitor restrictions, changes to our operations and information on where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine.

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