Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 must travel directly to a designated COVID-19 hospital to isolate in a COVID-19 ward.
Isolation means you need to stay in a room away from others while you get better, so you don’t give the virus to anyone else.
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 outside of a designated COVID-19 hospital, you must travel by:
- ambulance service
- transport arranged by a government authority; or
- as told by an emergency officer.
Leaving the COVID-19 ward
You cannot leave the COVID-19 ward of the designated COVID-19 hospital until:
- 14 days have passed since your diagnosis, or
- a doctor or nurse says you no longer need to isolate.
If you have been overseas in the last 14 days you will have to finish your quarantine at a nominated premises.
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you cannot leave a COVID-19 ward except:
- in an emergency situation
- for safety reasons (to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm)
- to attend another area of the designated COVID-19 hospital for occasional care
- as required or permitted under a direction given to you by an emergency officer.
Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 cannot receive visitors, unless approved by the Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive of a designated COVID-19 hospital.
Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 must wear a surgical mask, personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control measures when leaving a designated COVID-19 hospital or when told by a COVID-19 ward health service or emergency officer.
Non-designated COVID-19 hospitals
People diagnosed with COVID-19 may need to be treated in a hospital that is not a designated hospital due to bed capacity, geographical limits or in the case of an emergency. If this occurs the operator of the hospital may require employees or contractors who have contact with the diagnosed case to have surveillance testing or wear personal protective equipment.
The Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive of a non-designated COVID-19 hospital can provide health care to quarantined international arrivals if the hospital has an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) specific plan in place, or if an exemption has been granted to the operator of the hospital.