Aged Care - COVID-19

On 24 May 2022 the Major Emergency Declaration was lifted and amendments made to the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 to ensure important public health measures are maintained to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Despite the lifting of the Major Emergency Declaration, the below Emergency Management Directions continue to be in force within the South Australia residential aged care sector under section 90C of the South Australian Public Health Act:

The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 49) (COVID-19) Direction came into effect at 8.49 pm on 23 May 2022.

These measures have been put in place as a precaution to ensure vulnerable older South Australians continue to remain safe from COVID-19.

For further information and the full list of requirements and directions please refer to COVID-19 requirements under the Public Health Act on SA Health website

Important news

Interim guidance for COVID-19 outbreak management in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF)

To further assist Residential Aged Care Facilities in responding to and managing COVID-19 exposures and outbreaks, the Chief Public Health Officer has released interim guidance for COVID-19 outbreak management.

The updated version supersedes the previous version of this document, released on 4 April 2022, and has been reviewed in response to the latest national guidance and evolving COVID-19 situation in South Australia.

Interim Guidance for the management of COVID-19 outbreak in Residential Aged care Facilities (PDF 312KB).