If you have been told you are a household close contact of someone with COVID-19:
You are a household close contact if someone living in your home has tested positive for COVID-19. Cases are required to tell people who live with them that they have tested positive and provide the name and contact number of people living in the home when asked. This helps NSW Health notify household close contacts directly and provide them information about health and welfare support.
A household close contact is the same as a
close contact, however the fact that you live with a person with COVID-19 means that there is an ongoing risk of exposure if you are not able to completely self-isolate from other members of your household.
Everyone who has been staying with a person with COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days after the infected person received a positive result, even if they are fully vaccinated or feel well. This means that you are not allowed to leave your home except to get a COVID-19 test, for urgent medical care or in an emergency (including to avoid injury or escape risk of harm from domestic violence). Please see the self-isolation guidelines for more information about how to isolate.
You must be tested with a nose and throat (PCR) test as soon as possible after you find out a person you live with has COVID-19. Even if you don't have symptoms, you must get tested at your
nearest testing centre. You will need another test between days 10 and 14 of your self-isolation period.
If you develop
symptoms of COVID-19 at any time, you must get tested again.
You must not travel by public transport, taxi or ride-share to get your COVID-19 test. You must travel by private vehicle, cycle or walk. Wear a face mask that always covers your nose and mouth and tell staff immediately that you are a close contact of a person with COVID-19.
If you cannot go to a testing clinic, call your GP to discuss if they can arrange home testing. If your GP is unable to arrange COVID-19 home testing, your Local Health District may be able to assist you. This service may be limited to people who cannot leave home due to disability, injury, chronic health issues or old age.
You must continue to isolate for the entire self-isolation period (14 days since the last person in your household received a positive test result), regardless of whether you return a negative result.
If you start to feel unwell and your symptoms are getting worse contact your GP, Healthdirect (1800 022 222) or in an emergency dial 000. Let them know you are currently self-isolating due to a household member being positive for COVID-19. Ambulance services are provided free of charge to people who are confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19.
The positive member of your household should self-isolate away from others as much as possible, including:
You should try to stay separated from everyone in the household, especially the person with COVID-19, throughout the isolation period. This includes:
Ask your family or friends who do not live with you to help pick up groceries and medicines as needed, or you can order online or by telephone. Ask them to leave the food on your doorstep and wait until they have left before opening the door with a mask on. If you have no other way of obtaining food or other essentials call Service NSW (13 77 88).
If you need other practical support or have non-urgent health related questions during isolation call 1800 943 553.
If you do not become COVID-19 positive you can leave self-isolation 14 days since the last person in your household received a positive test result. You must only stop self-isolating if this time period has passed AND all members of the household (except those with COVID-19) have had a negative COVID-19 test taken between days 10 and 14 AND no one has any COVID-19 symptoms.
NSW Health does not routinely notify household close contacts when they are cleared to leave self-isolation - once the conditions above have been met, you can leave self-isolation and return to your daily activities in line with the
current restrictions in NSW. You must be able to show evidence of your negative COVID-19 test result taken between day 10 and 14 if requested by NSW Health or by Police.
If you have been released from isolation after
recovery from COVID-19 in the past six months, you have kept a copy of your
medical clearance notice to confirm this, and you have no new symptoms, you
will not be required to self-isolate. However, if you do experience any new
symptoms of COVID-19 please get tested immediately. If your diagnosis was more than 6 months ago you must self-isolate immediately, get tested as soon as possible and follow the advice for household close contacts.
Self-isolating can be difficult for you, your family and everyone living with you. Some strategies to help you cope include:
For mental health support:
For domestic violence support: