COVID-19 CASE & CONTACT MANAGEMENT

As you are aware the regulations around the management of Covid 19 are changing almost daily and with little warning. The practice is exceptionally busy managing the increasing caseload in our patients as well as urgent care for other issues. We are all members of the same community. Please understand we are doing our best to support you. At times we may not be able to deal with all your requests promptly due to lack of available resources. We provide the following information based on our own risk assessment and referencing the available public health advice (including Commonwealth) to keep our patients and team members as safe as possible. It is general advice. Contact the practice if you need more support. If Public health orders change – in particular re increased isolation and use of tests – that advice MUST be followed. For useful State government advice CLICK HERE . For State government reporting on positive RAT CLICK HERE.

IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 000

ADVICE FOR OUR PATIENTS RE COVID-19 CASE CONTACT MANAGEMENT

This case and contact management advice of 7/1/2022 is adapted from National Protocols 1/1/2022 and state protocols.

  • If you have Symptoms – commence isolation. Take a RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) if available. If positive – proceed to Step A
  • If negative – book a PCR Test at the practice or attend a public testing site and explain that you have symptoms but a negative RAT and have been advised to have a PCR. If you have no access to a RAT then proceed to book a PCR or attend a public testing site.
  • If you have No symptoms – but have tested positive on a RAT you are a confirmed case and proceed to Step A.

Step A: Confirmed - Positive PCR or RAT

  1. Isolate at home for at least seven days from the day you had your positive test
  2. Notify your household, school or employer that you have COVID-19.
  3. CLICK HERE to notify any positive RAT through the State government portal.
  4. If your test is not done through our practice please contact the practice to register your positive test so we know you may need our support.
  5. If you still have symptoms at day 6 have another RAT or PCR.If you test positive stay at home until symptoms are gone.
  6. If you have symptoms at day 12 have a PCR or RAT.
  7. If you have no symptoms at day seven you can return to normal living and leave your home. You do not need a further test. However, wear a mask when leaving home and avoid visiting high risk settings and socialising in indoor settings outside home for at least seven days following negative test or end of symptoms.
  8. Always seek medical help if you become very unwell.
  9. We recommend you book a check-up within 4 weeks of recovery. We are aware many other health matters have remained “on hold” during the pandemic

Step B: Close Contact and Have Symptoms

  1. Stay at home for seven days since last contact with the person who has COVID-19.
  2. Attend a testing clinic for a PCR test or use a RAT. Make sure you wear a mask and physically distance when you do.
  3. Stay at home and isolate from other family members while waiting for the test result.
  4. If you test positive for COVID-19 follow the instructions in Step A.
  5. If you test negative continue to stay at home isolating from other household members.
  6. On day six of isolation take another RAT or PCR test .
  7. If your day 6 test is negative you can leave home and return to normal living after completing the 7th day of home isolation. Wear a mask when leaving home and avoid visiting high risk session settings for at least 14 days following exposure to the person with COVID-19 always seek medical help if you become unwell.
  8. If your day 6 test is positive follow the instructions in Step A.

Step C: Close Contact with No Symptoms

  1. Stay at home and isolate from other family members. Note the date of last contact with person who has Covid 19. That is Day 1.
  2. Take a RAT as soon as possible. If you test positive for COVID-19 follow the instructions in Step A.
  3. If you test negative continue to stay at home isolating from other household members.
  4. On Day 6 of isolation take another RAT or attend a clinic for a PCR test .
  5. If your day 6 test is negative you can leave home and return to normal living after completing Day 7 of home isolation if you have not developed symptoms. Wear a mask when leaving home and avoid visiting high risk session settings for at least 14 days following exposure to the person with COVID-19 always seek medical help if you become unwell.
  6. If your day 6 test is positive follow the instructions in Step A.

Step D: Other Contact

If you have had less contact with someone with COVID-19 such as minimal contact in a social, shopping, educational or workplace setting you should monitor for symptoms and use a RAT if available.

If positive – follow Step A.

If Negative– continue to monitor for symptoms and seek testing with RAT or PCR and stay at home until test is negative.

Otherwise, wear a mask when leaving home and avoid visiting high risk settings for at least 14 days following exposure to the person with COVID-19. At any time if symptoms develop proceed as for symptomatic above.