Covid update

Given the most recent COVID update and the emerging situation on the Mid North Coast please be aware of the following information.

The direct link to NSW Health has also been included for your convenience.  

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/self-isolation#close-contacts

Close contacts

A close contact is someone who 

  • has been close to a person who has COVID-19 and
  • is at risk of developing COVID-19.

You are a close contact if

Follow the NSW Health advice for close contacts.

What you need to do

If you are a close contact, ask the following people to get tested and to isolate until they get a negative test result:

  • everyone who lives in your home
  • everyone who has visited your home since your close contact exposure
  • everyone who has travelled to work with you since your close contact exposure, especially everyone who travelled in the same car.

If there was any period while you were at work and you were not wearing a mask, ask everyone you spoke to or were in close contact with when not wearing a mask to get tested and isolate.

This would be especially important for everyone who was close to you while you were eating or drinking.

If you have had contact with a healthcare worker, ask them to speak to their manager for a risk assessment before they return to work

Isolation and testing

If you are a close contact, you must

  • immediately get tested regardless of symptoms and go straight to your residence or a suitable place to isolate after the test
  • you must isolate at home or another suitable place for 14 days since you were exposed
  • get tested again 

o    on day 7 after you were exposed if you can access a drive-through testing clinic or can walk or cycle to a testing clinic, and

o    between days 12 and 14 after you were exposed.

  • provide the address and contact phone number for the place you will be isolating
  • get a test again on day 12 (since your last contact with an infected person) of your isolation period
  • continue to self-isolate until you have completed your isolation period and have received at least 2 negative test results.

Casual contacts

If you were at the casual contact place less than 4 days ago:    

  • get a COVID-19 test at your closest testing location, and isolate
  • get another COVID-19 test on day 5 after you were at the casual contact place
  • you can stop isolating when you get a negative result from your first test, but

o    wear a mask when in the same room as any other person

o    do not leave your home except if this is necessary, or to exercise outdoors

o    go to work only if this is essential for your workplace.

  • monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested again at any time if you develop any symptoms. You will need to isolate until you receive a negative test result.

If you were at the casual contact place 4 or more days ago:

  • get a COVID-19 test at your closest testing location, and isolate
  • stay in isolation until you receive a negative test result
  • monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested again at any time if you develop any symptoms. You will need to isolate until you receive a negative test result.

Follow the NSW Health advice for casual contacts.

Check the case locations

The advice provided by NSW Health for confirmed COVID-19 case locations may change if additional information becomes available. If you are reassessed as a close contact based on new information, you will need to isolate and follow the close contact guidelines.

Self-isolate after you get a test

When you are tested for COVID-19, you must self-isolate from the time you have the test until you receive a result. Do not stop off at any locations on your way home after getting tested.

You do not need to remain in isolation if the test confirms you do not have COVID-19 (negative result) unless a designated health practitioner or contact tracer has instructed you to complete an isolation period of 14 days.

Secondary close contacts 

A secondary close contact is someone who 

  • lives in the same house as a person who is a close contact of a person with COVID-19
  • has spent some hours with a close contact such as a family member, close friend or work colleague.

You are a secondary close contact if

  • a close contact tells you they have been close to a person who has COVID-19 or NSW Health says they are a close contact.