As of 29 January 2020, ‘Human coronavirus with pandemic potential’ has been declared an urgently notifiable disease under Part 9 of the Public Health Act 2016. It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11 March 2020.
Any person who meets the following criteria are required to isolate themselves at home for 14 days from the date of travel or close contact.
- Overseas or interstate travel in the past 14 days OR
- Close or casual contact in the past 14 days with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Persons who meet the above criteria should not work or visit a health care facility, including aged care homes within that 14 days and should undergo testing for COVID-19.
A person will be considered for testing if they meet any of the following criteria:
- Overseas or interstate travel, or close contact with a confirmed case OR
- Fever (≥5°C) OR
- a recent history of a fever (e.g. night sweats, chills) without a known source OR
- An acute respiratory infection e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat OR
- Acute loss of smell or taste
It is important if you have respiratory illness symptoms to stay at home until you are well. Department of Health State Health Incident Coordination Centre (SHICC) updates are released every Tuesday and are available here.
Below are a number of useful links and resources on COVID-19, including environmental management and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Note: Hands-On Infection Control is not responsible for the content of any website accessed through these links.
Note: This post was edited on 17/02/2021 to include new information on vaccine approvals and rollout in Australia.
Links and Resources:
Information for aged care providers and workers about COVID-19 vaccines
About the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
About the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19 vaccine national rollout phases (Australia)
COVID-19 Guide for Home Care Providers
COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control in Western Australian Hospitals
Providing disability support services during COVID-19
LASA COVID-19 Support
COVID-19: Elective surgery and infection prevention and control precautions
Aged care staff infection prevention and control precautions – Poster
Environmental Cleaning and Infection Prevention and Control
Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG)
Infection prevention and control Covid-19 PPE poster
Special precautions for Covid-19 designated zones poster
COVID-19 infection prevention and control risk management – Guidance
Safe care for people with cognitive impairment during COVID-19
Break the chain of infection: Stopping COVID-19 poster
Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) Guidance
The COVID-19 CDNA National Guidelines for Public Health Units v3.8
FAQs on community use of face masks
FAQs for clinicians on elective surgery
FAQs for consumers on elective surgery
COVID-19 and face masks – Information for consumers
National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce
VICNISS Literature Reviews on COVID-19
Medicines Management COVID-19
Potential medicines to treat COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Easy Read resources
Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists – Guide to buying P2 and equivalent respirators
WA Health Policy – Fit testing of respirators
Global Heat Health Information Network – COVID-19 advice on air conditioning and ventilation