CURRENT COVID INFORMATION
COVID-19 UPDATE – 11th August 2022
People at higher risk of severe illness who test positive to COVID-19 are eligible for oral antiviral treatments. Antiviral treatments taken as capsules or tablets may help stop COVID-19 infection from becoming severe and reduce the risk of needing hospitalisation. Courses of these antiviral treatments need to be started as soon as possible after symptoms from COVID-19 begin.
The eligibility criteria for COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments has been expanded.
The expanded eligibility includes:
People 70 years and older
People 50 years and older with two or more risk factors
Aboriginal people 30 years and older with two or more risk factors
Immunocompromised people 18 years and older
Updates have been made to COVID-19 reinfection period, in response to the increased transmissibility of new Omicron subvariants in our community.
The window for potential reinfection of COVID-19 has been reduced from after 12 weeks to after 28 days.
This means after 28 days of finishing isolation, you must:
Get a COVID-19 PCR test if you develop symptoms
Isolate for 7 days if you test positive
Follow close contact guidelines if you meet the definition
If you have been in contact with a positive case within 28 days of your release, you do not need to follow the close contact guidelines.
If you are in a group at higher risk of severe COVID-19 or influenza and develop COVID-19 symptoms, you should speak to your GP or visit a GP Respiratory Clinic to discuss testing for COVID-19 and other respiratory infections.
If you are not in a higher risk group and you develop new symptoms within the 28 day period, stay home until you are well.
From 11 July 2022, South Australians aged 30 and above will be eligible to receive a fourth winter dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This reflects the updated ATAGI advice that recommends people aged 50 years and above have their fourth dose, while anyone aged 30 to 49 years may choose to have a fourth shot.
ATAGI also recommends waiting three months between the third dose, or a COVID-19 infection, and the fourth dose.
A single use surgical face mask is still required in the clinic and must cover your mouth and your nose. Cloth masks are not acceptable in health care settings.
Please be kind – our staff are doing their best to keep you and other patients safe and we appreciate your help and understanding in minimising the risk of COVID-19.
When you phone to make an appointment our staff will ask you questions before deciding if you can have a face to face consult or if you will need a phone consult first. All phone and video consults incur normal fees which are to be paid by phone immediately after the consult. Only patients that have been seen face to face in the last 12 months are eligible for medicare rebates for telephone consults. If you do not meet this criteria, we can provide a privately charged consultation.
If attending for an appointment, we ask that you stay in your car, or outside on our verandah, and phone to let reception know you have arrived. We will contact you when the doctor is ready for your appointment. We ask that patients do not bring friends, family members, or carers to their appointment unless necessary.
If you have any symptoms that may be COVID-19, even if mild, get a COVID-19 PCR test as soon as possible.
Common symptoms include:
- fever (a temperature of 37.5˚C or higher) or chills
- loss of taste or smell
- sore throat
- tiredness (fatigue)
- runny or blocked nose
- shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
- nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
- muscle or joint pain
- loss of appetite
To find a testing site near you, or to book, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting
If you are a close contact and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you can use rapid antigen tests to complete your required tests. For more information, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDRapidAntigenTesting
What to do if I test positive to covid
If you test positive in a PCR test, you will receive a text message from SA Health and/or the laboratory telling you that you have tested positive for COVID-19.
If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, you do not need to get a PCR to confirm your result. You must report your positive result within 24 hours. After you have reported your result, you will receive a text message from SA Health with more information
If you test positive to COVID-19, it is likely your symptoms will be mild and you can recover safely at home.
If you need health support you can get COVID-19 information or advice by calling the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What does a close contact need to do?
If you are a close contact, you must:
- wear a mask when you leave the house for 7 days after your exposure date (12 years and older)
- undertake 5 rapid antigen tests over the 7 days after your exposure date (with at least 24 hours between tests and one test on day 7)
- report your rapid antigen test results if you test positive
- not attend Tier 1 sensitive settings for 14 days after your exposure date, except for the purposes of obtaining medical care or medical supplies, or except if you are an emergency services worker attending to respond to an emergency
- not attend Tier 2 sensitive settings for 7 days after exposure date, except for the purposes of obtaining medical care or medical supplies, or except if you are an emergency services worker attending to respond to an emergency
- notify your employer or school or early childcare settings that you are a close contact
In addition to the above mandatory requirements, it is strongly recommended you:
- avoid non-essential gatherings for 7 days after your exposure date
- avoid contact with people at risk of severe illness for 7 days after your exposure date
- work from home where possible
- report your rapid antigen test results even if you test negative
- notify healthcare and high risk setting prior to arrival for, medical care or medical supplies
Belair Family Health Centre offers both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. The Pfizer booster dose is available from 3 months from your second dose. Bookings can be made by phoning the surgery. People in the following groups are encouraged to have an additional dose before winter to protect against severe disease caused by COVID-19:
Adults aged 65 years and older
Residents of aged care or disability care facilities
People aged 16 years and older with severe immunocompromise
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older.
The winter dose is available at SA Health vaccination clinics, GPs and pharmacies at least four months after your first booster dose or COVID-19 infection – whichever is later.
The winter dose is optional, and can be provided at the same time as your annual flu vaccine.
Pfizer Covid vaccinations for 5-11 year olds are available -please bring only the child/ren requiring the vaccine and 1 parent to the appointment. The consent form must be completed prior to the appointment and can be found at: https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2022/02/covid-19-vaccination-consent-form-for-covid-19-vaccination-covid-19-vaccination-consent-form_1.pdf