If you have COVID-19

  • If you have COVID-19

    If you test positive for COVID‑19 through either a rapid antigen test (RAT) or a PCR test at a COVID-19 testing centre:

    1. You must immediately self-isolate
    2. Follow the Victorian Government's checklist for COVID cases, including notifying your household and social contacts (these message guides can help)
    3. Report your RAT result to the government
    4. Notify the University here (a privacy collection notice is available), and
      • if you are a student, please alert your supervisor to your positive result. Their contact details can be found in the Handbook or LMS.
      • if you are a staff member, please inform your supervisor or manager. If you have questions about leave or other concerns, please speak with your supervisor.
    5. Find out if you are eligible for antivirals (see below) to potentially limit the severity of your illness.

    If further information is required, a member of the University's Public Health Network may contact you.

    You must fulfil the requirements of the Victorian Government checklist for COVID cases and any University requirements before returning to campus.

    Isolation

    You must isolate for 7 days, unless you are free of symptoms after day 5 and do not work in or visit a designated sensitive setting. If exiting isolation at day 6 or 7, please follow the recommended advice.

    You may be infectious for up to 10 days after testing positive, so during that time it is strongly recommended you:

    • wear a face mask indoors away from home and outdoors where you cannot physically distance – if leaving isolation on day 6 or 7, this is particularly recommended for those days
    • undertake a RAT before attending the workplace, sensitive settings or visiting people at higher risk of severe illness – if you test positive, stay home.
    Attending campus

    Staff and students who are symptom free after 5 days of isolation are encouraged to consider their need to attend campus until 7 days have passed since testing positive. If you do need to attend campus on day 6 or 7, you must:

    • be symptom free
    • not work at a hospital, residential aged care facility, disability care facility and in-home care premises (including disability/aged care in the home)
    • not enter sensitive settings on campus, including University student accommodation and early education locations in addition to those specified in the Pandemic Orders
    • follow any other advice from the Public Health Network

    It is also strongly recommended that you:

    • have a negative RAT result each day before attending campus
    • wear a mask when on campus indoors or where you cannot safely physically distance
    Medicines and antivirals

    Medical treatments, also known as early therapies or antivirals, are available for eligible people to prevent them from getting so sick that they need to go to hospital. These treatments must be taken as soon as possible after COVID-19 symptoms begin and can be lifesaving. Find out more about these medicines and eligibility.

    If you have COVID-19, have had less than 5 days of symptoms and think you are eligible, immediately contact your GP or a GP Respiratory Clinic for further assessment.

  • If you have recently had COVID-19 and are ending isolation
    Isolation

    You must isolate for 7 days, unless you are free of symptoms after day 5 and do not work in or visit a designated sensitive setting. If exiting isolation at day 6 or 7, please follow the recommended advice.

    You may be infectious for up to 10 days after testing positive, so during that time it is strongly recommended you:

    • wear a face mask indoors away from home and outdoors where you cannot physically distance – if leaving isolation on day 6 or 7, this is particularly recommended for those days
    • undertake a RAT before attending the workplace, sensitive settings or visiting people at higher risk of severe illness – if you test positive, stay home.

    If you still have symptoms, you should stay home until your symptoms go away. If you are concerned about your health, call your GP or the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, which operates 24 hours a day.

    Attending campus

    Staff and students who are symptom free after 5 days of isolation are encouraged to consider their need to attend campus until 7 days have passed since testing positive. If you do need to attend campus on day 6 or 7, you must:

    • be symptom free
    • not work at a hospital, residential aged care facility, disability care facility and in-home care premises (including disability/aged care in the home)
    • not enter sensitive settings on campus, including University student accommodation and early education locations in addition to those specified in the Pandemic Orders
    • follow any other advice from the Public Health Network

    It is also strongly recommended that you:

    • have a negative RAT result each day before attending campus
    • wear a mask when on campus indoors or where you cannot safely physically distance
  • If you have recently recovered but have new symptoms

    If you have recently recovered from COVID-19 but you have any new symptoms consistent with COVID-19 at any time, including within the 28 day period after your isolation ends, you should get tested and:

    • If you test positive, follow isolation protocols and guidance for COVID-positive people
    • stay away from campus until you are symptom-free regardless of your test result
  • If you are re-exposed to COVID-19 after recovering

    If you have recovered from COVID-19, you are not required to test or isolate if you are re-exposed to a case, or take part in an asymptomatic screening program, within 28 days of ending your isolation period. However, if you know you were exposed to a COVID-positive person, you should monitor for symptoms. If you have any new symptoms consistent with COVID-19 at any time, including within this 28 day period, you should get tested and:

    • if you test positive, follow isolation protocols and guidance for COVID-positive people
    • stay away from campus until you are symptom-free, regardless of your test result

    After 28 days, you must follow the relevant advice depending on the type of contact you are (household contact, exposed person/social contact, etc).

    More information is available in the Victorian Government checklist for COVID cases.

  • Get support

    The University's Public Health Network has a rostered team to monitor reports of COVID-19 cases and contacts 7 days a week, providing timely responses to protect the health and wellbeing of our community.

    Notifying the Public Health Network means the University can support individuals who contract COVID‑19 by providing practical advice, links to University services, answering COVID‑19 related questions and assisting through the isolation process.

    The Public Health Network also facilitates contact tracing, provides relevant local and organisational level communication, and assists with mandatory reporting to the Department of Health.

    When collecting or sharing details of positive COVID‑19 test, remember that personal information should only be used or disclosed as required, and that only the minimum amount of personal information necessary to prevent or manage COVID‑19 should be collected, used or disclosed. A privacy collection notice is available.

  • Students – classes, extensions and Special Consideration

    Please follow our guidance for students about temporarily attending classes online, seeking extensions and Special Consideration if you need to isolate due to COVID-19.

  • Staff entitlements

    Fixed-term and continuing staff who are required to self-isolate due to testing positive for COVID-19, and are unable to work from home, will not be asked to use sick or personal leave, and will receive a payment equivalent to their salary for the duration of their mandatory isolation. Mandatory isolation is 5 days for general workers or 7 days for workers in sensitive settings. Please apply for Special Paid Leave (Quarantine) via Themis self-service in this situation.

    The University will also provide casual staff with a COVID-19 Special Payment, equivalent to the hours they were expected to work within the duration of their mandatory isolation if they become ill with COVID-19 or are a close contact, and are unable to work from home. Please follow these instructions to submit a casual timecard in this situation.

    Find out more on our dedicated COVID-19 page for staff.