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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.

Rapid antigen self-testing - as of 31 August 22

There is no longer a requirement for staff to undertake RAT surveillance.

With the reduced risk of COVID in the community staff no longer need to regularly test, but RATs should still be made available so staff have them if they are symptomatic or are concerned after being at a major event or gathering.

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 no longer need to undertake a RAT before coming onsite.

If you are using a RAT, 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 This has been replaced by rapid antigen testing.

Recommendation to order Innoscreen Rapid Antigen Tests

Procurement and Supply Chain Management (PSCM) no longer has supply of the Abbots RATs which have been used previously for patients.

The recommendation is to now use Innoscreen RATs (Oracle Code 19049827) for both staff and patients. Please place orders through Oracle as usual – please note while there is a cost assigned in Oracle for these RATs, once processed internally (added to cart) this comes up as nil cost. Nil cost is incurred by CALHN ordering the Innoscreens.

If you have any questions, please contact Procurement and Supply Chain Management on 8425 9200.

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.

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 complete the self-isolation form.

You can find more support information on the SA Health website. Please keep in contact with your manager.

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 15 minutes 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? (July 2022)

A suspected case is someone who has symptoms or signs of COVID-19 and who is being tested for infection but has not found out the results of the tests yet.

Until the results are known this means there is a risk that you could have COVID-19 infection and could spread the virus to other people.

Read more:

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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