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Updated Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements Direction – 3 January 2022

03 Jan 2022 6:05pm

The Emergency Management (Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2022. This Direction came into effect at 5:29pm on 3 January 2022

Key changes include:

The definition for people who are Casual Contacts of a positive COVID-19 case or who have been at a casual contact exposure site has been removed from the Direction.

The definition for people who are Close Contacts of a positive COVID-19 case has been changed to include:

  • a person who is a household member or an intimate partner of a COVID-19 case during their infectious period; or
  • 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 Health 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.

It has introduced a definition for Close Personal Interactions between a person and a positive COVID-19 case, it means an 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

Therefore, two people must be within 1.5 metres for 15 minutes or more, not wearing masks and indoors to be deemed a close personal interaction.

It introduces a definition for 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.

It has been determined that a person has been notified that they are a close contact or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 if they have received advice by one or more of the following methods:

  • 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.

All Close Contacts (whether vaccinated and unvaccinated)(including household member) need to:

  • immediately quarantine for 7 days (unless you are a household member, refer below) since they had contact with a COVID-19 positive person or were at the exposure location
  • get an initial PCR test
  • get a PCR test again on day 6 if initial test negative (a negative day 6 PCR test is required to be released from quarantine)
  • get a PCR test again immediately if symptoms develop (be mindful of symptoms for up to 14 days)
  • not attend high risk settings (unless for work or duties or COVID Management Plan events for 14 days after exposure
  • wear a surgical mask when around others
  • avoid contact with vulnerable people, avoid non-essential activities where possible and avoid shared spaces and maintain physical distancing on days 8 to 14 after exposure.

PCR testing remains the same for Close Contacts being:

  • immediately upon notification of being a close contact; and
  • on the 6th day after the exposure.
  • Immediately upon developing symptoms

If you are a household member of COVID-19 case and you cannot segregate from them you must quarantine for 14 days from the date they had their test taken.  A household member who cannot segregate is not required to undertake COVID-19 testing unless they develop symptoms, at which time they must obtain a COVID-19 PCR test.

If you are a household member where the COVID-19 positive person is able to remain isolated and segregated or the entire time, you must quarantine for 7 days from the date they had their test.

The date from which you calculate the commencement of the isolation or quarantine period is the date for which the positive test was obtained.

If you test positive to COVID-19, you need to:

  • quarantine immediately as directed for 10 days

For full details on quarantine, testing, and other requirements for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Close Contacts, visit: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/exposure-sites,-contacts-and-diagnosis-requirements

Other existing requirements remain.

The information above only highlights the key changes made to the Directions and does not reflect all requirements. Members of the public are encouraged to see the full Directions for further information.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 8am to 8pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19