When the Prime Minister makes recommendations to the states about restriction guidelines relating to COVID-19, each state must then consider how those recommendations will be applied. They are not enforceable in South Australia until the State Coordinator, Commissioner Grant Stevens, enacts a Direction.

The South Australian Directions apply to everyone living in, and entering, South Australia.

A direction is in place regarding the prohibition of blood tests.

Direction details

The purpose of this direction is to prohibit a person from using a point of care serological (blood) test (including an assay or device) as an acute illness diagnostic tool for COVID-19, as their use may adversely affect the prevention, control and abatement of the serious public health risk present by COVID-19.

This direction does not apply to employees of SA Pathology or the Department of Health and Wellbeing.

This Direction is the latest to be issued and will remain current until it is updated or removed.

Prohibition of Point of Care Serology Tests (COVID-19) Direction 2020 (PDF, 298.8 KB) - 24 June 2020

Prohibition of Point of Care Serology Tests (COVID-19) Direction 2020 (RTF, 82.1 KB) - 24 June 2020

Page last updated: 4 May 2020