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Testing and quarantine


This section contains information about what to do if you are a healthcare worker and have symptoms, contact with a suspect/confirmed case or require a test before you can return to work. This includes what HR processes you need follow.

What are COVID-19 symptoms?

Information on COVID-19 symptoms is available here.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

To find your closest COVID-19 testing clinic including opening hours click here. CALHN staff are prioritised at the SA Pathology run testing clinic at the RAH.

Rapid antigen self-testing

All staff working in a clinical facing area can now undertake a RAT every two days, a change from daily testing.

This means all staff should be undertaking a RAT every two days to help reduce the risk of COVID infection.

NB: Testing is not required on days off or days not attending on site.

RAT should be done PRIOR to attending work and are not to be done onsite including in staff areas, blue spaces or bathrooms.

Contractors, students, volunteers etc entering a clinical facing area should undertake a RAT before coming onsite or entering the clinical area.

Follow the instructions in the kit and read our FAQs here.

For further assistance, view this 'how to' video

A reminder that PCR testing is no longer required for staff or patient surveillance. This has been replaced by rapid antigen testing.

Mandatory reporting of a positive Rapid Antigen Test

It is mandatory to report a positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result to SA Health. You are not required to report a negative test however it is recommended to give a clearer picture of COVID-19 testing in SA. Please log any positive results using the form on the SA Health website.

Should you receive a positive RAT, you will still need to inform your line manager and Clinical Worker Health as well as complete this form.

Free Rapid Antigen Tests for close contacts

Close contacts can now register on the SA Health website and organise to pick up two free RATs from a new collection site in the southern parklands. More sites will open across Adelaide and regional SA soon.

To access the free RAT kits, close contacts will need to register on the SA Health website, upon registration, you will be sent a receipt that will need to be presented at the collection site.

For more information visit the SA Health website.

What do I do if I'm a confirmed positive COVID case?

If you have a positive result:

  • You may receive an SMS or a phone call from SA Health and/or the laboratory to inform you of your result.
  • 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.
  • Inform your line manager and Clinical Worker Health and complete the online form.

The COVID-19 Response Care Team (CRCT) will 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.

Information regarding staff leave for those who have tested positive can be found here.

What happens if my children are close contacts but I'm not? (Dec 21)

If you need to stay at home and look after a child who is a close contact you will also be considered a close contact and should speak with your manager.

Each individual case will need to be assessed.

What is a close contact? (March 2022)

A close contact is defined as:

  • is 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.

What is a suspect case? (Nov 2021)

A person who meets the following clinical AND epidemiological criteria for COVID-19 is considered a suspect case:

  • Clinical criteria: fever (≥37.5) or history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills) or acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) or loss of taste and/or smell.
  • Epidemiological criteria: Close contact with confirmed or probable case, international traveller, passenger or crew on cruise ship, healthcare, aged or residential care worker/staff with direct patient contact, people who live in or have travelled through a geographically localised area with elevated risk of community transmission as defined by public health authorities.

What to do if you are required to isolate or quarantine

If you are awaiting the results of a COVID test or are required to isolate or quarantine, please ensure you advise your line manager and complete the CALHN self-isolation reporting form -

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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