Isolation and quarantine advice for COVID-19 (coronavirus)


How do I isolate as a positive case?

You must isolate for 7 days after you had your positive COVID-19 PCR test taken or tested positive using a rapid antigen test. You can only leave isolation after 7 days if you do not have acute symptoms, including a sore throat, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath.

Find more specific information about how to isolate if you have tested positive to COVID-19.

I am waiting for a COVID-19 test, do I need to isolate?

After you have had a COVID-19 test, you must isolate until you receive a negative result if you have symptoms.

How is quarantine monitored and enforced?

SA Police undertakes periodic checks on people in mandated quarantine or isolation to ensure they are complying.

How to stay safe as a close contact

I live with someone who has tested positive, what do I need to do?

If you are advised that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, you no longer need to quarantine.

To reduce your risk of getting sick or potentially extending your quarantine, it’s important to avoid contact with the positive case. Ideally, this would be in a separate house or residence.

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
  • not attend Tier 2 sensitive settings for 7 days after exposure date, except for the purposes of obtaining medical care or medical supplies
  • notify your employer or school or early childcare settings that you are a close contact

In addition to the above mandatory requitements, 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

I live with other people in my home, what do I need to do?

To avoid potentially spreading COVID-19 as a close contact, you should avoid contact with other people in your house.

Practice good hand hygiene like covering coughs and sneezes and wiping down surfaces.

What do people in my household need to do?

If you are a close contact, people in your household should monitor for symptoms and get a COVID-19 PCR test if they develop, no matter how mild. If they develop symptoms they must quarantine until they receive their negative COVID-19 result.