All staff and visitors entering a NSW Health hospital or health service must be screened.

COVID-19 health screening involves a symptom check, a temperature check and an exposure assessment.

Symptom checkDownload as PDF

Ask if they have any of these symptoms

Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, body aches, sore or scratchy throat, headache, runny nose, muscle pain, vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, or loss of smell or taste.

Temperature check

Check the person’s temperature via infrared or tympanic thermometer

If temperature < 37.5˚C, complete symptom check and exposure assessment.

If the person has a temperature of ≥ 37.5˚C or reports any symptoms, provide a mask and refer them to the closest COVID-19 testing clinic for COVID-19 testing. Tell them to self-isolate until they receive their results.

COVID-19 exposure assessment - Staff

  1. Ask if they have been in contact with a COVID-19 case in the last 14 days without appropriate PPE or if they have been asked to self-isolate by a health official.
    • If yes to either, record their contact details and ask your manager to refer to the local public health unit for follow up. Exclude them from working at the facility and tell them they must immediately self-isolate for 14 days since the exposure.
  2. Ask if they have a household member who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case.
    • If yes, ask secondary questions:
      1. if the household member has received a negative COVID-19 test result as part of their close contact follow-up
      2. if they have been appropriately isolating from the household member since the household member was identified as a close contact.
    • If no to either of the secondary questions, record their contact details and ask your manager to refer to the local public health unit for follow up. Exclude them from the facility until further advice is received from the public health unit.
    • If yes to both secondary questions, they are not excluded from the facility.
  3. Ask if they have been to any of the locations, during the time and date indicated, in the "Self-isolate and get tested immediately if you’ve been to these locations" table at NSW Health - Case locations and alerts.     
    • If yes, record their contact details and ask your manager to refer to the local public health unit for follow up. Exclude them from the facility and tell them they must follow the advice on that web page.
  4. Ask if they have been to any of the locations or travelled on nominated public transport routes, during the time and date indicated, in the "Monitor for symptoms if you’ve been to these locations" and "Public transport routes" tables at NSW Health - Case locations and alerts.
    • If yes, they are not excluded from the facility. Tell them they must follow the advice on that web page.
  5. Ask if they have been in South Australia or New Zealand in the past 14 days       
    • If they have been to any of the locations listed on these sites New Zealand locations of interest or South Australian locations of interest, they should be excluded from the facility. Record their contact details and ask your manager to refer to the local public health unit for follow up.  
    • If this compromises care do a risk assessment in consultation with the public health unit.

COVID-19 exposure assessment - Visitors

  1. Ask if they have been in contact with a COVID-19 case in the last 14 days or been asked to self-isolate by a health official.
    • If yes to either question, record their contact details and ask your manager to refer to the local public health unit for follow up. Exclude them from the facility and tell them they must immediately self-isolate for 14 days since the exposure.
  2. Ask if they have been to any of the locations or travelled on nominated public transport routes, during the time and date indicated, in the "Self-isolate and get tested immediately if you’ve been to these locations" or "Monitor for symptoms if you’ve been to these locations" or "Public transport routes" tables at NSW Health - Case locations and alerts.
    • If yes, record their contact details and ask your manager to refer to the local public health unit for follow up. Exclude them from the facility and tell them they must follow the advice on that web page.
  3. Ask if they have been in South Australia or New Zealand in the past 14 days
Current as at: Monday 23 November 2020
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW