NIHRACS COVID-19 Protocols have been updated on 10 May 2022. To access either click on the link or see below.
If you live in the same house as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you are considered a Household Close Contact and, in most cases, you will need to quarantine in the location or elsewhere for 5 days from the date the person with COVID-19 tested positive.
Another group of people are considered “Close Contacts” of a COVID-19 positive person. This category is different to a “Household Close Contact”. Please refer to the protocol document above for more information on the difference.
If you have been contacted by someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to advise you could be a close contact, NIHRACS advises that you:
- Monitor for symptoms and take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) self-test within 24 hours of notification. (You may wish to do more tests depending upon your work or other requirements)
- If positive advise NIHRACS immediately
- If negative continue to monitor for symptoms
- Advise your work or school that you have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive case
- Wear a face mask in all public settings for at least 7 days
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Continually monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19 and call NIHRACS plus do a home RAT test if you develop any symptoms
- Do not visit any vulnerable people and do not visit any high risk settings (eg. child care centre, hospital, aged care etc) for at least 14 days from when they contact you.
- On Day 7 after the person with COVID-19 tested positive, take another RAT self-test.
- If your Day 7 self-test is positive, advise NIHRACS immediately – you do NOT need a PCR test for confirmation.
- If your Day 7 self-test is negative and you have no symptoms, you can return to normal living