Northern Territory: COVID-19

Last updated 4:48pm 25 March 2020

 

COVID-19 Fact Sheets for the NT Department of Health

Below are a series of fact sheets for the NT COVID-19 arrangements. They set out the requirements to enable adoption of a protocol which will meet the requirement / provide the basis for a COVID-19 Management plan

A person will be required to declare that they are governed by a COVID-19 management plan, imposed by the employer of the person or class of persons, to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

 

What is a COVID-19 management plan? 

Persons or classes of persons can be granted exemption to self-quarantine on the grounds they are governed by a COVID-19 management plan. For example commercial fishing, mining, energy or agricultural businesses must develop a plan detailing how they will prevent transmission of COVID-19. This includes: 

  • Ensuring all employees maintain appropriate social distancing - being able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between people 
  • Provision of hand hygiene products and suitable rubbish bins, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal 
  • No face-to-face meetings, gatherings or mixing of Territory employees and exempt employees from outside the Territory 
  • If an employee becomes unwell (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), self-isolate employee, do not send employee to work, if employee fit the criteria for testing, call GP or health clinic 
  • Provision of separate facilities for employees from outside the Northern Territory and Territory employees. 

This plan must be submitted via email to DOH.PCC@nt.gov.au in conjunction with an Application For Classification as an Exempted Person or Class of Person form for assessment by the Chief Health Officer or appropriate delegate. Businesses will receive a letter or email from the Chief Health Officer advising if the plan has been approved.

 

Key generic steps – the health unit responsible will consult to calibrate the actual response:

  1. If any person is suspected of being infected by COVID-19, they should be isolated, a General Practitioner contacted to arrange an urgent preliminary test and the local Public Health Unit (PHU) contacted. The PHU will work with management to help coordinate and facilitate the response
  2. In consultation with the local PHU, contact between the patient and others will be traced and contacts classified as close or casual. Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 should also be isolated and testing may be required
  3. Depending on risk assessment following contact tracing, the PHU will make recommendations on next steps
  4. Isolation and disinfection of areas within which the confirmed case of COVID-19 is required. Both detergent and disinfectant must be consistent with requirements of the PHU.

More specific information can be sourced at the following links.  The local PHU can also be contacted to help establish a site specific response plan.

 

Note: PPE should be ready and available at each site to mitigate the risk of transmission where a worker is suspected of infection with COVID-19 and during the disinfection of facilities before return to work.