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Our COVID-19 response


CALHN’s COVID response

CALHN is well positioned to respond to COVID-19. This page provides information on our preparations, our response plans and the network’s CoSTAT (COVID-19 Status) matrix which outlines our escalation and de-escalation triggers.

How has CALHN prepared for COVID-19?

To ensure we are prepared for COVID-19 we have:

  • updated our intelligence and modelling
  • reviewed operational readiness and the COVID-19 pathway
  • updated our CoStat Matrix
  • updated our reconfiguration and decant plan
  • updated our workforce plans
  • continued interface with DHW and other LHNs for system planning
  • ensured we are compliant with the vaccination Emergency Direction
  • worked with interstate and overseas colleagues who are sharing learnings to help inform our response.

What is the reconfiguration and decant plan?

As the RAH is the designated hospital for adult COVID-19 positive patients in South Australia, the site requires some staff and services to 'decant' to alternative locations.

This is done to ensure safety of all patients and staff, but to also preserve the COVID-19 pathway and quaternary services at the RAH, ensuring we are well-equipped to respond to appropriately to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The plan is continuously reviewed and adapted as the situation evolves and real-time information becomes available.

CALHN has updated plans to manage the surge in Omicron hospitalisations in South Australian hospitals since the border opening in November 2021.

To view the latest decant plan click here.

What is the CoSTAT Matrix?

The CoSTAT (COVID-19 Status) Matrix was developed in conjunction with the ADF to guide CALHN’s current status of response to ensure we are ready for any escalation or de-escalation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CoSTAT levels are based on a number of clinical and community triggers that escalate the response into phases of preparedness, initial response and targeted response.

The CoSTAT is currently being reviewed in light of the evolving Omicron situation in South Australia. An updated version will be made available to staff soon.

CALHN organisational response plans

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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