Current Direction details
This direction may be cited as the Emergency Management (Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements No 4)(COVID-19) Direction 2022.
It came into effect at 12:01 am 13 January 2022 and revokes the Emergency Management (Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.
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Who does the Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements No 4 Direction apply to?
The direction applies to any person who:
- has been present at an exposure site during an exposure period; or
- is a close contact of a COVID-19 case; or
- has been notified that they are a COVID-19 case.
For the avoidance of doubt, this direction applies to a person whether or not they have received a notification in writing (including by SMS) from SA Health that they are a close contact or were at an exposure site during an exposure period.
Are there testing requirements for casual contacts?
No. There are no longer testing requirements for casual contacts.
Who is considered a close contact?
A Close contact is:
- a person who is a household member or an intimate partner of a COVID-19 case during their infectious period;
- a person who has had close personal interaction with a COVID-19 case during their infectious period; or
- a person who has been notified by SA Heath that they are a close contact with a COVID-19 case; or
- a person who has been at an exposure site during the exposure period for that site.
What is deemed close personal interaction between a person and COVID-19 case?
Close personal interaction between a person and a COVID-19 case means interaction:
- 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
- occurring in an indoor setting.
What is the definition of a household member?
A household member of a COVID-19 case means any member of the house of a COVID-19 case, being a person regularly living in the house (or houses if they live in more than one) of the COVID-19 case.
At what time am I deemed “notified” that I am a close contact or diagnosed with COVID-19?
A person has been notified that they are a close contact or diagnosed with COVID-19, as the case may be, upon:
- returning a positive COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test
- receiving notice in writing (including by SMS) by SA Health; or
- receiving notice in writing (including by SMS) by SA Pathology; or
- receiving notice in writing (including by SMS) by a private pathology laboratory; or
- the relevant exposure site being published on the SA Health website; or
- receiving telephone contact by SA Health; or
- becoming aware that they are a close contact of a COVID-19 case;
whichever is earlier.
How long do I have to quarantine?
If you have COVID-19 or are a close contact you must comply with isolation, testing, reporting and any other requirements as prescribed on the SA Health website.
Note: For a person who was present at an exposure site on 10 January 2022 and is required to quarantine for 7 days, the 7 day period of quarantine ends at 11:59 p.m. on 17 January 2022.
For a person who returns a positive COVID-19 test result, they must isolate for 10 days from when the test was taken (day 0). For example, if the test was taken on 10 January 2022 the 10 day period of isolation ends at 11:59 pm on 20 January 2022.
What if I work in a specialised industry or workplace?
Chief Public Health Officer may have given your specified workplace or industry has different requirements isolation, testing and reporting requirements. If this is the case you also need to have approval from a nominated officer.
In that case you have to comply with approved protocol when attending your workplace or work function and when you’re not at work you have to comply with the usual isolation, testing and reporting requirements.
Can I get a Rapid Antigen Test instead of a PCR test?
Can I leave quarantine to pick up a Rapid Antigen Test?
Yes but only from a rapid antigen collection point designated on the SA Health website, You must register via the SA Health website to collect a Point of Care Rapid Antigen Test.
Can I sell a Rapid Antigen Test I get from a pick up point?
No, these must only be used to comply with this Direction.
Can I give the Rapid Antigen Test I get from a pick-up point to someone else to use?
No, these must only be used by the registered persons
Can I pick up Rapid Antigen Tests for my family?
Yes. Once registered to collect Rapid Antigen Tests one person can present the proof of registration and collect tests for all registered family members.
Can I pick up additional Rapid Antigen Tests for future use?
You will be given two Rapid Antigen Tests to ensure you comply with this Direction - you cannot stockpile these tests. If your result is invalid and you do not have another Rapid Antigen Test you may attend a COVID-19 PCR testing site to comply with testing requirements.
Do I have to report the results of my rapid antigen tests?
All results whether positive, negative or invalid must be recorded back to SA Health using the form contained on the SA Health website at https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting
What are the requirements that apply to a close contact and household members of COVID-19 case who cannot be isolated and segregated during 10 day isolation?
These are outlined on the SA Health website.
I am required to quarantine, but I need to take my pet for urgent treatment at the vet. Can I do this?
Yes, you can take your pet for urgent medical treatment at the vet. You must ensure that you wear a mask and maintain physical distancing where possible.