Health and aged care workers

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2020 5:34pm

Self-isolation and testing of staff at the North West Regional Hospital (NWRH)

Self-isolation and testing requirements have been announced for medical and surgical ward staff at the North West Regional Hospital. There will be no new admissions to the medical, surgical or paediatric wards - patients east of Penguin will be transferred to the Launceston General Hospital.

Further information will be published when available.

You cannot go to work as a healthcare worker if:

  • you have direct patient contact AND you develop a fever (≥38°C) or history of fever (eg night sweats, chills) OR an acute respiratory infection (eg shortness of breath, cough, sore throat); you fit the definition of a suspect case of COVID-19 and may need to be tested*
  • you meet any criteria for self-isolation and have not been given exemption from isolation to attend work; you need to stay at home
  • you had unprotected close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days^; you need to self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact with the confirmed case

*This does not include contact you may have with confirmed cases while using recommended personal protective equipment and infection control measures as part of your work.

^Early detection of COVID-19 in healthcare workers is an important protective mechanism for the higher risk population that we care for. For this reason, healthcare workers that provide direct care have a lower threshold for being a suspect case.

If you need to stay away from work but cannot do this in your own home, you may be eligible for emergency accommodation.