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You are a secondary close contact if you have been close to someone since they were exposed to COVID-19. This includes anyone who:
NSW Health have asked people who have been identified as close contacts to pass this fact sheet on to people who may be secondary close contacts. This fact sheet has instructions for what you need to do to protect yourself and your community.
If you are a secondary contact, you need to get a COVID-19 test at your closest testing location (even if you don't have symptoms) and self-isolate until you and the close contact receive a negative result.
If you are a healthcare worker who needs to return to work before the close contact receives a negative test result, you will need to speak with your manager for a risk assessment before you return to work.
When you go to get tested, please drive, walk or cycle. You must not travel by public transport, taxi or ride-share. Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times, and tell staff immediately that you are a secondary close contact.
If you live with someone who is a close contact, you must self-isolate completely separately from the close contact. You will need to:
Avoid shared/common areas. If it is unavoidable, ensure that you wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth whenever you must use them (e.g. kitchen, hallway) Any common surfaces in the area (e.g. taps, cupboard, door handles) must be cleaned with disinfectant after use.
If you and the close contact receive a negative test result and you have maintained complete self-isolation from your close contact since testing, you will no longer need to self-isolate. If either of you tests positive, then please talk to the public health unit for advice by calling 1300 066 055.
Self-isolation means you must stay at your house or accommodation and remain completely separated from others. You cannot leave your house or accommodation, unless for medical care (including a COVID-19 test), or in an emergency. You cannot allow other people into your house or accommodation unless they usually live at the premises, or they are entering for medical or emergency purposes.
Self-isolation is different from stay-at-home directions. When you are self-isolating, you are
not allowed to leave the house for outdoor exercise, shopping, work or education.
Please read the
NSW Health Self-Isolation Guideline for further information.
The Public Health Unit may be able to arrange somewhere for you to stay if you live with a close contact and are unable to self-isolate separately from them. If this is not suitable (e.g. if they are your child or carer and alternative arrangements cannot be made), you will be required to self-isolate with them for the duration of their quarantine period (14 days from their exposure to a person with COVID-19) and complete further testing.
Self-isolating with a close contact means there is an increased risk of infection, and a possibility that you will have to isolate for a longer period.
If you develop symptoms at any point during self-isolation, you should get tested immediately. You must not travel by public transport, taxis or ride-share. Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times, and tell staff immediately that you are a secondary close contact of a person identified as a close contact.
Symptoms you should watch carefully for are;
Other symptoms of COVID-19 can include an acute blocked nose (congestion), fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, headache, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, unexplained chest pain and conjunctivitis.
If you become severely unwell and it is a medical emergency, you should phone Triple Zero (000). Tell the ambulance staff that you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
You can return to daily activities in line with public health advice.
If you develop symptoms at any point after your self-isolation period, please get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.
You should continue to practice good hygiene and physical distancing to reduce the spread of infection:
If you're affected by COVID-19 and experiencing financial difficulty, please visit the
NSW Government website for information on what financial support is available.
For more information and support while in self-isolation: