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HSC COVID Advice for CLOSE CONTACTS

08 Nov 2021

Below is a link to fact sheets in many languages on close contact status and implications as well as some advice about COVID Close Contacts.

Translated Fact sheets link: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/advice-for-contacts.aspx

Summary:

If you have been told you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19:

If you are fully vaccinated:

  • self-isolate for 7 days
  • get tested straight away and again on day 6
  • leave self-isolation after 7 days if your test on day 6 is negative, you feel well and you have had no further contact with a COVID-19 positive person
  • for the following 7 days, work from home if you can and do not attend a high-risk setting (healthcare, aged care, disability care, early childhood centres, primary school and correctional facilities) even if it is your place of work
  • get tested again on day 12.

 

If you are not fully vaccinated:

  • self-isolate for 14 days
  • get tested straight away, on day 6 and again on day 12
  • leave self-isolation after 14 days if your test on day 12 is negative, you feel well and you have had no further contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

 

If you have had COVID-19 in the past six months you will generally not be considered a close contact and you do not need to self-isolate or get a test unless you have symptoms.

 

Other people who live with a close contact should minimise contact with them as much as possible during their period. This includes:

• staying and sleeping in a separate room

• using a separate bathroom if available, and cleaning all surfaces after each use

• not being in the same room as the close contact

• not sharing household items, such as dishes, cups, towels and bedding. These items should be washed thoroughly after use.

 

To clarify the factsheet is for those identified as close contacts. If they live with a close contact the advice is:

 

I live with/have spent time close to someone who is a close contact - what do I need to do? If you live with a close contact and they can self-isolate effectively alone, you do not need to self-isolate.