When a COVID-19 case occurs, Public Health identifies people who had contact with the case while they were infectious in the community. This is called contact tracing.
Contacts are identified by:
- interviewing cases to find out who they live, work and socialise with
- using Check in TAS data to identify people who may have visited an exposure site that was also visited by a case when they were infectious
- working with workplaces and exposure sites to identify people who may have been exposed to a case while infectious.
Contacts are categorised as:
- low risk.
If you are a close or casual contact of a case, you will be contacted by Public Health and advised on quarantine and testing requirements. How long you need to quarantine is based on whether you are a close or casual contact, and whether you are vaccinated.
Whether you are a close, casual or low-risk contact depends on:
- the amount of time you were exposed to the infectious case
- how close you were to the case
- whether you and the case were wearing masks
- the vaccination status of the case
- your vaccination status
- the setting or location of the exposure
Types of contacts
Testing and quarantine requirements for close or casual contacts, and those who have been to low-risk exposure sites.
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