Department of Human Services

General virus information

Q: Who is an essential worker?

A: If you have a job and can work, you are classed as an essential worker.

Q: When do we expect to see disease peak?

A: This is a difficult question as it depends on many factors. The Commonwealth Government has commissioned theoretical modelling to analyse how COVID-19 could impact the Australian community. The theoretical modelling can be found on the Department of Health website.

Further modelling will be done using specific Australian data.

Q: Are people who have undergone 14 days of self-isolation interstate after returning from overseas still required to self-isolate for another 14 days when they return to South Australia?

A: The SA government has eased some border restrictions. This affects people entering South Australia from the Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia.

  • Travellers entering directly from NT, QLD, TAS and WA are no longer required to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Anyone currently in quarantine, who arrived directly from NT, QLD, TAS and WA, can end their quarantine, regardless of how long they have been in SA.

This only applies to travellers arriving directly from these states and territory. Travellers arriving from all other states and territories are still be required to quarantine for 14 days. For example, if you are “from” WA, Tasmania or NT but arrive from Victoria or NSW, you are still required to quarantine for 14 days.

Quarantine requirements for all other states and territories will be eased on 20 July. Based on current status, if you are in quarantine on 20 July, you will have already been issued a Direction by SAPOL for 14 days.

Q: Will the eligibility guidelines for telehealth be relaxed?

A: The Commonwealth Government is supporting the expansion of telehealth services during this period.

Expansion of telehealth services information

Q: What is the best way to clean surfaces?

A: SA Health and the Commonwealth Department of Health have developed fact sheets explaining the most effective cleaning procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. This advice recommends cleaning and then disinfection.

SA Health Fact Sheet - Cleaning and disinfection in the workplace (PDF 305KB)

Environmental cleaning and disinfection principles for COVID-19 (PDF 670 KB)

Q: Should recruitment of new staff include additional checks for COVID-19 case contact or exposure?

A: Teleconference calls should be used if interviews for recruitment are needed. Any new employees should be assessed as to whether they meet any of the epidemiological criteria according to the CDMA National Guidelines for Public Health Units.

Q: Can I catch COVID-19 from mosquitoes?

A: There is no evidence to suggest COVID-19 is transmitted through mosquito bites.

Q: I am interested in community volunteer gatherings such as meetings, community functions, and drama classes for young people.

A: See the SA Government's Roadmap to Recovery for information on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

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