SA contact tracing and exposure locations

Exposure sites will only be listed if they are a high risk setting, there has been confirmed transmission at this site or if there is a specific group of people considered vulnerable to COVID-19 at this site.

If someone you have been in close contact with tells you that they have tested positive to COVID-19, you need to immediately isolate and get tested.

If you develop any symptoms, get a COVID-19 test and isolate until result is known and symptoms have resolved.

What is a close contact?

In South Australia a ‘close contact’ is defined as:

  • a household member or intimate partner of a COVID-19 case during their infectious period
  • someone who has had close personal interaction with a COVID-19 case during their infectious period:
    • for 15 minutes or more and
    • where masks are not worn by the person and the COVID-19 case and
    • in close physical proximity and
    • in an indoor setting
  • someone who has been notified by SA Health that they are a close contact
  • someone who has been in a high COVID-19 transmission area.

COVID-19 cases are considered infectious two days before their symptoms started or if they didn’t have any noticeable symptoms, they are considered infectious two days before they had their positive COVID-19 test taken. The infectious period ends 10 days after they had their positive test taken.

What does a close contact need to do?

If someone you have been in close contact with tells you that they have tested positive to COVID-19, please follow the advice below.

Close contacts must:

  • immediately quarantine for 7 days since they had contact with a COVID-19 positive person or were at the exposure location
  • get an initial COVID-19 test
  • get a COVID-19 test again on day 6 after exposure (a negative day 6 test is required to be released from quarantine)
  • get a  COVID-19 test immediately if symptoms develop (be mindful of symptoms for up to 14 days)
  • not attend high risk settings or COVID Management Plan events for 14 days after exposure
  • wear a surgical mask when around others
  • avoid contact with vulnerable people (young children, elderly, pregnant, people with chronic health conditions), avoid non-essential activities, avoid working across worksites and avoid shared spaces and maintain physical distancing on days 8 to 14 after exposure.

Read more information for close contacts here.