If you have come into contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you are at risk of also becoming infected. Getting a PCR test is the only way to find out if you have COVID-19.
Thanks to high rates of vaccination across the state, quarantine requirements for people exposed outside the household have eased.
If you live with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have spent more than four hours in the same household as a case, you are considered to be a contact and must get tested and quarantine.
If you are fully vaccinated you will need to quarantine until you have a negative day 6 PCR test result. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to quarantine until you have a negative day 13 PCR test result.
If you had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 at work, school, or in a social setting, you are now considered to be an exposed person and must get a PCR test as soon as you find out. If this test is negative you do not need to quarantine.
It is recommended that you perform a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) during the 7 days after you were exposed, before you visit a high risk setting. A high risk setting means a sensitive setting like a hospital or aged care facility, or a place where there are many people who are not vaccinated, for example a primary school. RATs are distributed to exposed people when they get their PCR test.
With the increasing number of cases, the public health focus has now moved to those who are in settings where there is a high risk of transmission