Self-isolation for Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 Direction

Self-isolation for Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 Direction (No. 3)

This content was last updated on 19 May 2020.

To slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Queensland Government requires people diagnosed with COVID-19 to self-isolate.

Under the Self-Isolation for Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 Direction, if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 at home, you must stay there until cleared from self-isolation.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 outside your home, you must return directly home or to a hotel or other premises suitable for you to reside, either in an ambulance, your personal vehicle or via a taxi or ride-share services but you must wear a mask.

If you are in hospital for medical treatment, once discharged you must directly travel home or to your hotel or other place of residence.

You must not leave your place of self-isolation unless it is for the purpose of obtaining essential medical care or supplies, or to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm.

While you are self-isolating, you should arrange for on-line delivery of essential supplies or rely on family, friends or neighbours to organise the delivery of food and essentials to your home. You should only leave your home to obtain essential medical care or essential medical supplies when alternative delivery arrangements are not available or not practical in the circumstances.

If you are in self-isolation and need help getting food or other essentials you should call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

For full details, read the Self-Isolation for Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 Direction

What this means for you

  • You must follow the self-isolation guidelines until:
    • 14 days has passed since your diagnosis, provided you have not been given a further direction to self-isolate during that time; or
    • 14 days has passed since you were given a further direction to self-isolate; or
    • a doctor or nurse certifies you no longer need to self-isolate.
  • If you still have symptoms after 14 days, you must continue to self-isolate.
  • You are not allowed to invite another person into your place of self-isolation unless that person usually lives there, or the person is also there for COVID-19 self-isolation.
  • You should always call 000 in case of emergency or 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) if you need medical advice.

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