Find out what COVID-19 test you should have, how and where to get a RAT or PCR test and what to do before and after you get your result.
SA contact tracing and exposure locations
Exposure sites will only be listed if they are a high risk setting, there has been confirmed transmission at this site or if there is a specific group of people considered vulnerable to COVID-19 at this site.
If someone you have been in close contact with tells you that they have tested positive to COVID-19, you need to immediately isolate and get tested.
If you develop any symptoms, get a COVID-19 test and isolate until result is known and symptoms have resolved.
What is a close contact?
In South Australia a ‘close contact’ is defined as:
- a household member or intimate partner of a COVID-19 case during their infectious period
- someone who has had close personal interaction with a COVID-19 case during their infectious period:
- for 15 minutes or more and
- where masks are not worn by the person and the COVID-19 case and
- in close physical proximity and
- in an indoor setting
- someone who has been notified by SA Health that they are a close contact
- someone who has been in a high COVID-19 transmission area.
COVID-19 cases are considered infectious two days before their symptoms started or if they didn’t have any noticeable symptoms, they are considered infectious two days before they had their positive COVID-19 test taken. The infectious period ends 10 days after they had their positive test taken.
What does a close contact need to do?
If someone you have been in close contact with tells you that they have tested positive to COVID-19, please follow the advice below.
Close contacts must:
- immediately quarantine for 7 days since they had contact with a COVID-19 positive person or were at the exposure location
- get an initial COVID-19 test
- get a COVID-19 test again on day 6 after exposure (a negative day 6 test is required to be released from quarantine)
- get a COVID-19 test immediately if symptoms develop (be mindful of symptoms for up to 14 days)
- not attend high risk settings or COVID Management Plan events for 14 days after exposure
- wear a surgical mask when around others
- avoid contact with vulnerable people (young children, elderly, pregnant, people with chronic health conditions), avoid non-essential activities, avoid working across worksites and avoid shared spaces and maintain physical distancing on days 8 to 14 after exposure.
Read more information for close contacts here.