Key generic steps – the health unit responsible will consult to calibrate the actual response:
- 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 contact the SA Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB). The CDCB will work with management to help coordinate and facilitate the response
- In consultation with the CDCB, 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 of ‘close contacts’ may be required
- Depending on risk assessment following contact tracing, the CDCB will make recommendations on next steps
- 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 CDCB.
More specific information can be sourced at the following links. The CDCB can also be contacted to help establish a site specific response plan.
- Commonwealth Department of Health COVID-19 hotline 1800 020 080
- National Guidelines
- COVID-19 resources for health professionals, including pathology providers and healthcare managers (resource on management of suspected and confirmed cases, cleaning and disinfection): https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources and https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/coronavirus-COVID-19-resources-for-health-professionals-including-pathology-providers-and-healthcare-managers
- South Australia department of health hotline: 1300 232 272
- Contact details: South Australian Communicable Disease Control Branch
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.