ACT Health redefines ‘random contact points’, changes rules for quarantine and COVID-19 tests

COVID-19 test.

Individuals identified as having a symptom monitor should be tested if COVID symptoms develop. Photo: ACT Health.

Canberrans, who have been to exposure sites now classified as ‘Monitor for Symptoms’ sites, do not have to wait to hear from ACT Health, but can quarantine immediately if they are symptom-free.

ACT Health has reviewed the exposure assessment process for exposure sites to refocus on sites with the highest risk of COVID-19 transmission, high risk settings and priority populations.

As a result, many sites identified as random contact sites are reclassified as symptom monitoring sites.

With the increased presence of COVID-19 in our community, asymptomatic individuals who have been to a symptom monitoring monitor at the indicated time no longer need to be quarantined and do not need a COVID-19 test.

People who have visited these sites should pay particular attention to any symptoms, and if they do develop, they should be tested and isolated until a negative result is received.

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Runny or stuffy nose.

Individuals who have previously been informed that they were at an exposure site should check the list of sites today (December 28).

Check In CBR now supports push point ‘push notifications’ to help people know when they’ve been to an exposure location and what to do.

ACT Health reiterated the importance of checking in to help keep Canberra safe.

Canberrans should make sure that their app is updated to the latest version and that they have notifications turned on.

With these changes and push notifications being used, text messages will no longer be sent to people who have been to locations identified by Check In CBR.

The recently added symptom monitoring sites include Hopscotch in Braddon from 6 p.m. 12:00 to 01.00 on December 24 and Bar Beirut Canberra City at. 12.01 to kl. 2.30 on 24 December.

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