If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please use this step-by-step self-assessment guide.

This information also clarifies whether you need to notify the university in relation to your health and COVID-19 via the ACU reporting form for staff or the ACU reporting form for students.

Have you recently returned from travel overseas, or do you live with someone who has recently returned from overseas?

If you have returned from overseas

  • Self-isolate for 14 days from the date you returned from overseas.  
  • Formally notify ACU that you are in isolation by filling in the ACU reporting form for staff or the ACU reporting form for students. Once your form is submitted, the university will contact you to discuss arrangements including working remotely and/or relevant leave.
  • If you start to develop COVID-19 symptoms, immediately attend a COVID-19 screening clinic for testing, or seek testing via your GP, or at a hospital emergency department. You should telephone the health clinic, doctor or hospital before you arrive and advise of your travel history.
  • If you have a positive COVID-19 test, you must formally notify ACU by filling in the ACU reporting form for staff or the ACU reporting form for students. Once your form is submitted, the university will contact you to discuss arrangements.
  • Your doctor will liaise with public health authorities to manage your care. You must remain isolated either in your home or a healthcare setting until public health authorities inform you it is safe to return to your usual activities.

If you have returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days

  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and practice social distancing.
  • If you start to develop COVID-19 symptoms, immediately attend a COVID-19 screening clinic for testing, or seek testing via your GP, or at a hospital emergency department. You should telephone the health clinic, doctor or hospital before you arrive and advise of your travel history.
  • Formally notify ACU that you are in isolation by filling in the ACU reporting form for staff or the ACU reporting form for students. Once your form is submitted, the university will contact you to discuss arrangements including working remotely and/or relevant leave.
  • If you have a positive COVID-19 test, you must formally notify ACU by filling in the ACU reporting form for staff or the ACU reporting form for students. Once your form is submitted, the university will contact you to discuss arrangements.
  • Your doctor will liaise with public health authorities to manage your care. You must remain isolated either in your home or a healthcare setting until public health authorities inform you it is safe to return to your usual activities.

If someone you live with has arrived from overseas in the last 14 days, but you did not personally travel

  • You do not need to self-isolate, but
  • If you start to develop COVID-19 symptoms in the next 14 days, isolate yourself and immediately seek medical advice.
  • Formally notify ACU that you are in isolation by filling in the ACU reporting form for staff or the ACU reporting form for students. Once your form is submitted, the university will contact you to discuss arrangements including working remotely and/or relevant leave.
  • If you have a positive COVID-19 test, you must formally notify ACU by filling in the ACU reporting form for staff or the ACU reporting form for students. Once your form is submitted, the university will contact you to discuss arrangements including working remotely and/or relevant leave.
  • Your doctor will liaise with public health authorities to manage your care. You must remain isolated either in your home or a healthcare setting until public health authorities inform you it is safe to return to your usual activities.

If NO, have you been in contact with someone who has been confirmed by a test as positive for COVID-19?

If you have been in close contact with the individual

  • Isolate yourself immediately for 14 days. Formally notify ACU that you are in isolation by filling in the ACU reporting form for staff or the ACU reporting form for students. Once your form is submitted, the university will contact you to discuss arrangements.
  • If you start to develop COVID-19 symptoms, immediately attend a COVID-19 screening clinic for testing, or seek testing via your GP, or at a hospital emergency department. You should telephone the health clinic, doctor or hospital before you arrive and advise that you have been in contact with a person who has a confirmed case of coronavirus.
  • If you have a positive COVID-19 test, you must formally notify ACU by filling in the ACU reporting form for staff or the ACU reporting form for students. Once your form is submitted, the university will contact you to discuss arrangements. 
  • Your doctor will liaise with public health authorities to manage your care. You must remain isolated either in your home or a healthcare setting until public health authorities inform you it is safe to return to your usual activities.

CLOSE contact is defined as:

  • spending greater than 15 minutes face-to-face contact in any setting with a confirmed case in the period extending from 24 hours before onset of symptoms in the confirmed case, or
  • sharing of a closed space with a confirmed case for a prolonged period (e.g. more than 2 hours) in the period extending from 24 hours before onset of symptoms in the confirmed case.

If you have been in casual contact with the individual

You do not need to self-isolate. Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after the time you last met the infectious person.

CASUAL contact is defined as:

  • spending less than 15 minutes face-to-face in any setting with a person who is a confirmed case AND they had symptoms at the time
  • sharing a closed space for less than two hours with a person who is a confirmed case AND they had symptoms at the time.

If NO, have you been in contact with a person classified as a suspected case, and they've been tested for COVID-19?

If you do not have symptoms

  • You do not need to self-isolate. 
  • If you start to develop COVID-19 symptoms in the next 14 days, isolate yourself immediately and seek medical advice. Formally notify ACU that you are in isolation by filling in the ACU reporting form for staff or the ACU reporting form for students. Once your form is submitted, the university will contact you to discuss arrangements.

If a coronavirus case becomes confirmed

If NO, health authorities advise you do not need to self-isolate or be tested for COVID-19. If you have concerns you should contact your GP or state or territory public health agency.

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