Information for the community - COVID-19


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Outbreak in Victoria

The current COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria is concerning and measures are being taken to protect South Australians from the increased risk caused as a result of this situation.

Our Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, answers a number of questions South Australians may have.


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.

Current restrictions in South Australia

To manage the public health risk posed by the outbreak of COVID-19 interstate, restrictions have been put in place to protect South Australians.

Please visit the Government of South Australia COVID-19 website for the current restrictions and more information.

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 Self-isolation and self-quarantine 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.

Essential traveller health exemption

All travellers wishing to enter South Australia, must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration with SA Police.

If you are travelling to South Australia from ACT, NSW or VIC, and you are seeking essential traveller status for:

  • urgent medical, dental or health treatment
  • compassionate grounds
  • providing health services

You will require written approval from SA Health before submitting a Cross Border Travel Registration.

Find out more and apply on the Essential traveller health exemption web 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 COVID-19, see: COVID-19 information for older South Australians (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.

Religious and faith organisations

For information about religious and faith practices during COVID-19 see Advice for Religious and Faith Communities (PDF 131KB)

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.

Aged Care restrictions

In order to protect older Australians, restrictions on residential aged care facilities apply. For more information see the Aged Care Restrictions 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.

Financial support for individuals

For information on financial support during COVID-19, including the SA Paid Pandemic Leave Scheme, Household support, Cost of living concession, Centrelink support, or International Student Support visit the SA.GOV.AU COVID-19 website.

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 Australians

Information for individuals and businesses in South Australia

COVID-19 Information and Advice

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.