Information for the community - COVID-19


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What is Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. The virus can spread from person to person. Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or loss or taste or smell. Good hygiene can prevent infection.

How and where to get tested for COVID-19

Visit the Testing for COVID-19 page for information on:

  • Who can get tested
  • How and where to get tested
  • What to do after your test
  • What to do if you have a positive or negative test result.

Visit the COVID-19 Clinics and Testing Centres page to find your closest dedicated COVID-19 clinic across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

Roadmap to easing restrictions

The South Australian roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions outlines how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in our state, so our community can return to doing the things they enjoy in a safe and measured way.

For more information, including frequently asked questions, visit the Government of South Australia COVID-19 website.

COVIDSafe app

The Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app helps speed up contacting people exposed to coronavirus. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends. For more information or to download the app visit the COVIDSafe app page.

Self-isolation and self-quarantine

To find out what you need to do if you have been travelling, been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19, or have been advised to self-isolate, visit the Home Isolation Advice page.

Cases and statistics in South Australia

Visit the COVID-19 dashboard for the latest case numbers and statistics in South Australia.

Frequently asked questions

See the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common coronavirus questions.

Elective surgery

From Thursday 14 May 2020, South Australia recommenced elective surgery procedures in the public and private health systems. Read more on the COVID-19 Limitations to surgical treatment across the state lifted page.

Protecting yourself and others

Good hygiene practices like washing your hands regularly and covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and other colds and flu.

For information on what you can do to reduce the risk of getting sick or passing infections, visit the Stop the Spread page.

Mental health

It’s normal to feel stress and worry when there is a health event happening in the community that is affecting people’s wellbeing. For information see the COVID-19 Mental Health Support page.

Parents, carers and children

Visit the Information For Parents, Carers And Children about COVID-19 page for information and resources.

Pregnant women

Pregnant women should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, like avoiding people who are sick with infectious illnesses, practicing good hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes and wiping down surfaces. For more information visit the Pregnancy and COVID-19 page.

Aboriginal communities

Information, tips and resources to help you protect yourself, your family and community against COVID-19. 

Visit the Aboriginal Communities and COVID-19 page.

Older people

Older people and people with chronic health conditions are more at risk of serious infection from COVID-19 and should continue to take extra precautions. Those at risk should talk to their doctor about what is appropriate for them. For advice about transitioning out of COVID-19, see: Transitioning out of COVID-19 – Information for older people (PDF 230KB).

For information about how to access support in the home, see: Commonwealth Home Support Programs – Information for older people (PDF 175KB).

People with a disability

For access to easy to read COVID-19 resources for people living with disability, visit Collaborating 4 Inclusion.

Visiting public hospitals

In order to protect vulnerable South Australians, recommended restrictions on visits to hospitals remain in place. For more information please visit the Visiting public hospitals page.

Visiting residential aged care facilities

In order to protect older Australians, restrictions on visits to residential aged care facilities apply. For more information see the Visitation to aged care Facilities in South Australia page.

Accessing medicines

If you have a need for supply of your medicine and are not able to obtain a prescription from your GP or other health care provider, during the COVID-19 pandemic you will be able to contact your pharmacist to discuss getting your essential medicines without a prescription.

More information:

Pharmacists can now also substitute a prescribed medicine if there is a serious shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with a TGA Serious Shortage Medicine Substitution Notice. To find out more, read: Consumer factsheet – Serious Shortage Medicine Substitution Notice (PDF 131KB).

Translated information

For a range of COVID-19 posters, fact sheets, guidelines and other publications and resources in international language translations visit the translated resources page.

More information and support services

Download the below information as a poster: SA Information and Support Services Poster A4 (PDF 36KB).

The following COVID-19 support services include:

COVID-19 health information for South Australian's

Information for individuals and businesses in South Australia

Information and advice from an Australia wide perspective

Mental health support

Information and assistance

Welfare checks

Reporting non-compliance

Translating or interpreting services

  • translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
  • deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech or communication impairment, call the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.