Multicultural NSW - COVID-19 update





COVID-19 update 

From Mr Joseph La Posta,

CEO, Multicultural NSW  

The NSW Government has announced some important updates regarding COVID-19 that I wish to share with you.

Register positive COVID test results with Service NSW 

Anyone who tests positive using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) will now be required to register their result with Service NSW.

NSW residents can register their result with just a few clicks on the Service NSW website or by using the Service NSW app.

Registering your RAT result enables NSW Health to provide you with advice on self-isolation and managing COVID-19 symptoms at home, to connect high risk people to clinical care services and to help inform the ongoing public health response.

Please contact your GP or call the NSW Health COVID-19 Care at Home Support Line on 1800 960 933 if you are pregnant, or if you have a chronic condition.

Tested positive for COVID-19 and wondering when you can leave self-isolation?

Changes have been made to the self-isolation period for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 by PCR. If you tested positive by RAT it is strongly recommended that you also follow this advice.

You must self-isolate for 7 days from the day you were tested. You can only leave self-isolation after 7 days if you do not have a sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath.

You will receive an SMS from NSW Health after 7 days but you do not have to wait for this SMS to leave self-isolation if it has been 7 days since you were tested.

If you have a sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath in the 24 hours before your 7 days is finished, please call the NSW Care at Home Support Line on 1800 960 933. If you need an interpreter, please call 131 450

If you are under the care of a NSW Health clinical team, your team will tell you when you will be released from isolation.

More info: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/recovery.aspx

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Changes to definition of COVID-19 contacts

People at the highest risk of catching COVID-19 include someone who:

           is a household contact of someone who has COVID-19

           has spent a lot of time with someone who has COVID-19 (e.g. stayed at their house or went on a long car trip together).

These people are at high-risk and must take a COVID-19 test as soon as they are told by the person who has COVID-19. They must isolate for 7 days from the day they saw the COVID-19 positive person and have a negative test result and no symptoms on day 6 before leaving isolation on day 7.

You should assess your personal risk and circumstances to determine whether you are at high risk and need to isolate for 7 days.

Ask yourself the following questions:

           How much time did I spend with the COVID-19 positive person, and how closely did we            interact?

           Did we spend time together outdoors or indoors?

           Were we both wearing masks? Or just one of us, or neither of us?

           Do I live or work with any vulnerable/high risk people? This could include the elderly or people who are immunocompromised

More information: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/people-exposed-to-covid.aspx

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