The following information is for patients who have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
If you have tested positive for COVID you must immediately:
- Self isolate in your home or accommodation
- Inform any close contacts so they can be tested and isolate for seven days
- If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, you must report your result within 24 hours. You must report your positive result if you obtain your test through a designated RAT Collection Point, from a retail outlet or through any other means. This can be done online at https://forms.sa.gov.au/#/form...
or by calling the SA COVID inforationj line on 1800 253 787
You will be sent an SMS to better understand your healthcare needs which will be assessed by the COVID Response Care Team. Please report your symptoms via the daily Symptoms Checker SMS or by telephone to the SA Health GP Assessment Team (GPAT) on 1800 272 872.
For most people COVID is a mild viral illness that can be safely managed at home. The common symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, fatigue, headache, muscle pains, runny nose, abdominal pain, difficulties with memory or confusion, loss of appetite, diarrhoea.
However, if you are over 65 years of age, pregnant, immunosuppressed or have other medical conditions you may be at higher risk of more serious disease. You may be contacted by the GPAT which will give you advice but if not you should book a Telehealth consultation with your GP. If you book by phone please let the receptionist know that you are COVID positive so that we can prioritise your appointment.
If you begin to feel unwell eg with severe headache or dizziness, difficulty breathing, chest pain or any other medical emergency you should immediately call triple zero (000) for an ambulance (tell the operator that you have
COVID and are isolating). As a COVID positive patient in community quarantine you will not be charged for an ambulance if you need one.
You can leave isolation 10 days after your positive test is taken and SA Health will send you an SMS to advise the date. There is no requirement for a futher COVID test after having a positive result. If you have any remaining symptoms at 10 days please contact your GP.
Useful phone numbers
- Health Direct 1800022 222 - for advice regarding your condition
- COVID Response Care Team 1800 272 872
- COVID Infromation Line 1800 253 787 (8.00am to 8.00pm every day)
- COVID Mental Health Support line 1800 632 753 (8.00am to 8.00pm every day)
Useful website links
Managing COVID at home: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au...
Children with COVID: https://www.wch.sa.gov.au/covi...
Pregnant women with COVID: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au...
Information regarding close contacts: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au...
Boosters for 16 and 17 year olds
From today, eligible Australians aged 16 and 17 years old will be able to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine, following recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).
There are approximately 580,000 16 and 17 year olds in Australia, with 370,000 immediately eligible to receive their booster dose.
The booster dose for 16-17 year olds will be one dose of the adult Pfizer vaccine three months after their primary course.