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 the local Communicable Disease Control (CDC) contacted. The CDC will work with management to help coordinate and facilitate the response
- In consultation with the local CDC, 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 tested.
- Depending on risk assessment following contact tracing, the CDC 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 CDC.
More specific information can be sourced at the following links.
- 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
- WA department of health hotline: 08 9222 4222
- Communicable Disease Control Directorate: 08 9222 0255
- After hours emergency phone: 08 9328 0553
- Notifiable diseases resource
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.