Close Contact - new definition explained

On this page you will find an updated definition of ‘Çlose Contact’, as well as other helpful resources about the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Updated 5 January 2022

Close Contact and information for people exposed to COVID-19 

The definition of ‘Close Contact’ has recently been changed by the NSW Government.

If you are told by someone that you have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, use the advice below to understand your risk and what you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community.

You may not receive a text message or call from NSW Health after being exposed to a person with COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 and your risk

Your risk of getting COVID-19 will be based on the type of contact you have had with a person who has tested positive to COVID-19. You are at risk of developing COVID-19 in the 14 days after you were last in contact with someone with the virus.

When thinking about your testing and isolation requirements, it is important to think about your own personal circumstances. This includes the risk you could be to people you live or work with, and anyone you may visit.

The following table will help you identify who is at most risk of COVID-19 and what to do if you’re told you’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19:

 

About you

Your risk

What do I need to do?

I live with someone who has COVID-19.

High

 

Follow the Self-Isolation Guideline and self-isolate for 7 days from the last time you had contact with the COVID-positive person.

Get a PCR test as soon as possible.

Do a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on day 6. If both tests are negative, you can leave isolation after 7 days.

Follow Testing Positive for COVID-19 advice if you’ve tested positive.

I spent a long time in an enclosed space with someone who has COVID-19.

High

 

Self-isolate for 7 days from the last time you had contact with the positive person.

Get a PCR test as soon as possible.

Do a RAT on day 6 before leaving isolation. If this returns a positive result, or you have symptoms of COVID-19, get a PDR test.

I spent some time with a person who has COVID-19.

Medium

 

If you do not have symptoms, it is recommended you do a RAT.

If you have a positive RAT, get a PCR test and isolate until you get a negative result.

I had distanced or brief contact with a person who has COVID-19.

Low

 

​Monitor for symptoms.

If you notice symptoms, get a PCR test immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result.

 

Further reading:

 

Call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080

Call this line if you have any question about COVID-19. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

People who do not speak English can access translating and interpreting services by calling 131 450.