28 December 2021

ACT Health redefines 'casual contact' sites, changes rules for quarantine and COVID-19 tests

| Katrina Condie
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COVID-19 testing.

People identified as being at a monitor for symptoms site should get tested if COVID symptoms develop. Photo: ACT Health.

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

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

As a result, many locations identified as casual contact sites are being reclassified as monitor for symptoms sites.

With the increased presence of COVID-19 in our community, symptom-free individuals who have been to a monitor for symptoms location at the specified time no longer need to quarantine and do not require a COVID-19 test.

People who have attended these locations should be particularly vigilant for any symptoms, and if they develop, they should get tested and isolate 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 blocked nose.

People who have previously been advised they were at an exposure location should check the list of locations today (28 December).

Check In CBR now supports ‘push’ notifications for exposure locations to help people know when they have been at an exposure location and what they need to do.

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

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

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

Recently added monitor for symptoms locations include Hopscotch in Braddon from 12 am until 1 am on 24 December, and Bar Beirut Canberra City 12:01 am until 2.30 am on 24 December.

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