Test, Trace, Isolate and Quarantine

Simplified requirements for contact tracing are now in place to support the ongoing response to COVID-19 and manage the more transmissible Omicron outbreak in the SA community.

Changes to the definition of a close contact in South Australia and the introduction of the use of rapid antigen tests instead of PCR testing for close contacts apply to general business and industry as well as the general public.

People who test positive to COVID-19 should inform their close contacts and their workplace. As cases increase, close contacts may not be contacted by SA Health.

Specific advice has been issued for:

Businesses & organisations should:

  • Notify their staff when there has been a COVID-19 case on their premises and tell staff whether they meet the South Australian definition of a close contact.
  • Inform customers and clients when there has been a COVID-19 case on the premise at the same time as they were present.

Premises will not be required to close unless:

  • Advised by SA Health
  • The business decides there is insufficient staff available to keep the business open.

All businesses and organisations are strongly encouraged to have business continuity plans in place to ensure the safety of their staff, customers and clients.

Primary and community health care settings should:

  • follow the same close contact definition for staff and clients and may also be considered close contacts if they were present during aerosol generating procedures (e.g. taking a throat swab, dental work, intubation).
  • However, please note: If a worker was correctly wearing a P2/N95 mask and eye protection during their exposure, they will not need to quarantine or test and should monitor for signs and symptoms and get tested if unwell.

For further information for primary and community health care settings visit the Infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE) advice and Health Professionals pages.

Specific advice has also been issued for hospital staff to ensure these tertiary services can continue to operate.