Monday 17 January 2022 - second edition
This is an archived Newsletter. The information may be outdated.
For the latest COVID-19 information, please refer to the SA Government COVID-19 website.
Dear sector colleagues,
I hope you are all safe and well, and managing staff and issues despite these incredibly challenging times.
The following information provides clarity on obligations under the Emergency Management (Exposure Sites, Contact and Diagnosis Requirements No 4) Direction to report positive COVID-19 cases following the use of rapid antigen tests (RATs). I do hope this assists.
Reporting of positive COVID-19 cases
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test (RAT) must immediately register the positive test result with SA Health via an online form on the SA Health website.
This is particularly crucial for supported independent living (SIL) providers who are undertaking rapid antigen testing on clients in their care, because this is how the Communicable Disease and Control Branch (CDCB) and the COVID Response Care Team are notified of cases. Notification of cases through this pathway ensures that the CDCB and CRCT can undertake risk assessments and provide care as needed – well before a patient may need to potentially present at the emergency department.
After registering the positive result online, SIL providers can then email the disability outbreak team in SA Health at Health.DisabilitySectorCOVID19@sa.gov.au to assist with outbreak advice and case management in the facility. Please note this service is only for providers of supported independent living (residential), not the broader disability sector.
NDIS providers with positive COVID-19 cases
NDIS providers with positive COVID-19 cases, whether that be staff that work within your service or people you support, must also follow these steps:
- Report each individual case to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission by completing and submitting the COVID-19 Notification of event form.
- Expect contact from the NDIA, as they will be informed by the National Quality and Safeguards Commission.
Find out more information about managing positive cases through the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission COVID-19: Outbreak preparedness, prevention and management factsheet (PDF 767 KB).
SA Health information on testing and reporting
While protocols and advice continues to change at a rapid pace, DHS remains committed to updating you with the latest information as it comes to hand.