NSW Health have implemented a range of measures to promptly identify cases of COVID-19 infection and prevent transmission in NSW.
Infection with COVID-19 is now notifiable under the NSW Public Health Act 2010, so doctors and pathology laboratories are required to notify NSW Health of all people suspected to have this infection.
Should a person in NSW be confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, NSW Health has procedures in place to identify people they have been in close contact with. Those people are provided with advice about self-isolation to minimise spread of the infection.
Our response has also included:
We are working with NSW Ambulance to transfer anyone under investigation for COVID-19 safely, without risking transmission of infection to ambulance or other health care personnel. Similarly our hospitals are able to protect healthcare workers and other personnel, patients and visitors.
A range of resources are available for the public and health professionals.
The Minister for Health and Medical Research has also made a number of Orders, under section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 to deal with the public health risk of COVID-19 and its possible consequences.