6 August 2020 | Scenarios regarding travel after testing for COVID-19

Scenarios regarding travel after testing for COVID-19 where the person displays no symptoms:

1. If a person at a mine believes they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID prior to arrival at the mine, has no symptoms and has not been contacted by Qld Health and has a test done, can they return home (to Brisbane for example) for the period of isolation while awaiting the outcome of the test?

If they believe they have been in close contact they are recommended to proactively contact 13HEALTH to instigate appropriate follow up and be tested. If they are confirmed as a close contact of a confirmed case they will be issued with a direction to quarantine for 14 days.

Anyone who has been tested for Covid-19 should isolate until the test results are known. This is particularly critical if the person believes that have been in contact with a confirmed case. People should not travel when subject to quarantine or isolation requirement unless the local Public Health Physician gives permission to travel via private transportation.

2. If a person at a mine believes they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID prior to arrival at the mine, has no symptoms and has not been contacted by Qld Health and has a test done, isolates at the mine camp, and the test comes back negative, can they return home for the remaining period of isolation?

If they believe they have been in close contact they are recommended to proactively contact 13HEALTH to instigate appropriate follow up and be tested. If they are a confirmed close contact they will most likely not be permitted to travel/ return to Brisbane, unless the local Public Health Physician gives permission to travel via private transportation.

3. If a person is advised by Qld Health that they must have a test due to close contact with a COVID case, has no symptoms and has a test, can they return to their home (to Brisbane for example) to self-isolate until the test results arrive?

They will be issued with a quarantine direction by the public health unit, this will state the quarantine address. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. They will most likely not be permitted to travel/ return to Brisbane, unless the local Public Health Physician gives permission to travel via private transportation.

4. If a person is advised by Qld Health that they must have a test due to close contact with a COVID case, has no symptoms, has a test and self-isolates at a mine camp and the test comes back negative, can they return to their home (to Brisbane for example) for the balance of the isolation?

They will be issued with a quarantine direction by the public health unit, this will state the quarantine address. The quarantine direction will state an ‘end date’, a negative result will not change this. They will most likely not be permitted to travel/ return to Brisbane, unless the local Public Health Physician gives permission to travel via private transportation.

Please note:

5. A person who is close contact with a confirmed case may not test positive in the initial first few days after that contact but succumb to COVID-19 and test positive in the later days of the 14 day incubation period. This person may also be contagious before showing symptoms at any stage during the 14 days after close contact with a diagnosed case.

6. In all cases where a person displays symptoms and is a close contact of a diagnosed person, they must be tested and quarantine immediately and 13HEALTH advised.

7. Where a person has symptoms but is not a close contact of a diagnosed person, they should be tested and quarantined until the results are known. If negative they are able to return to work (or home).