Clinical Services

March 2020

NSW Health advice for healthcare workers, staff, healthcare students and volunteers, 3 March

5/3/20

The risk of infection observed to date in returning travellers with symptoms of respiratory illness is low.

 

The Ministry has updated the precautionary measures in place in response to the evolving novel coronavirus situation. These new measures now apply to all NSW Health staff, healthcare students and volunteers. If you are unsure if any of the situations below could apply to you should contact you manager or Human Resources for advice.

 

Travel to high risk countries – mainland China, Iran, Italy and South Korea in the previous 14 days:

 

  • Contact your supervisor directly.

  • You must not attend work.

  • China and Iran: you must self-isolate at home, other than for seeking individual medical care.

  • Italy and South Korea: must practice social distancing when out in public and avoid large crowds.

  • If you are well, you will be provided with work to do from home eg mandatory training, policy reviews, project work etc.

  • If fever or respiratory illness (even if mild) occur, isolate yourself immediately and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Call the Healthdirect helpline 1800 022 222 for advice or call your GP or Emergency Department and call before attending.

  • If you are sick and have a medical certificate you will be paid sick leave.

  • This continues until 14 days have passed from you leaving the relevant country or until you have recovered and are cleared to return to work if you were sick.

 

Close contact with a person with confirmed case of COVID-19:

 

  • Close contact includes if you have shared a closed space with someone with confirmed Covid-19 for more than 2 hours, such as within families or other communal living arrangements or other close spaces such as in a plane. Other types of close contact can occur and more information can be found here or you can check with your manager or Human Resources if you are unsure.

  • Contact your supervisor directly.

  • You must not attend work and must self-isolate at home, other than for seeking individual medical care.

  • If you are well, you will be provided with work to do from home eg mandatory training, policy reviews, project work etc.

  • If fever or respiratory illness (even if mild) occur, isolate yourself immediately and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Call the Healthdirect helpline 1800 022 222 for advice or call your GP or Emergency Department and call before attending.

  • If you are sick and have a medical certificate you will be paid sick leave.

  • This continues until 14 days have passed from when you last had the close contact or until you have recovered and are cleared to return to work if you were sick.

If you have had casual contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19 or have travelled only to moderate risk countries, you can continue to attend work.

 

Staff who have children who are not able to attend school due to recent travel or potential exposure of their close relative or child can access Family and Community Services (FACS) to care for children at home.

 

FACS leave may also be used if staff are unable to return home from overseas due to Covid-19.

If you have any questions please contact your manager or team leader.

 

The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 can be found on the NSW Health website.

Submitted by Leanne Findlay on behalf of NSW Health

 

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