Healthcare, aged or residential care workers and staff with direct patient contact.
In addition to the suspect case definition, test anyone who meets the following clinical criteria:
Fever (≥37.5°C) or history of fever (e.g. night sweat, chills) in the absence of a clear alternative cause, such as a urinary tract infection or cellulitis
Acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat).
Sudden onset of loss of sense of smell or taste
Patients with sudden onset of runny nose/blocked nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite can be tested for COVID-19 in the absence of fever or respiratory symptoms if no alternative cause for these symptoms is apparent, at the discretion of the treating clinician.
Testing of asymptomatic individuals is not generally recommended. However, ACT Health requires that individuals in quarantine undergo “exit testing” on day 10-12 of their quarantine period, even if asymptomatic. In addition, some individuals may be asked by ACT Health (or another public health authority such as NSW Health) to be tested upon entering quarantine.
Geographical areas of risk (as of 27/11/2020)
Greater Adelaide, defined as the following Local Government Areas:
Norwood Payneham and St Peters
Port Adelaide Enfield
Tea Tree Gully
Unincorporated (Torrens Island)
Geographical areas of risk are reviewed regularly and will be updated based on the COVID-19 epidemiological situation in other jurisdictions.