If you have COVID-19

  • If you have COVID-19

    If you test positive for COVID‑19:

    1. You are strongly encouraged to immediately self-isolate in line with the Victorian Government's checklist for COVID cases, and notify your household and social contacts (these message guides can help)
    2. Even if you do not fully isolate, you are strongly encouraged to stay away from campus for at least 5 days and not return until you are symptom-free
    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 or subject coordinator. 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 in the first instance.
    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 should fulfil the requirements of the Victorian Government checklist for COVID cases and any University requirements before returning to campus.

    Isolation

    You are strongly encouraged to isolate for at least 5 days and not work in or visit a designated sensitive setting for at least 7 days. If you must attend campus for an activity that cannot be undertaken elsewhere during this time, please:

    • only attend campus if you are symptom-free
    • wear a face mask
    • undertake a RAT before attending University locations, sensitive settings or visiting people at higher risk of severe illness – if you test positive, please stay away
    • do not enter or work in government-designated sensitive settings such as hospitals, residential aged care or disability care services
    • do not enter or work in sensitive settings on campus, including University student accommodation and early education locations – speak to the manager of these locations for additional precautions if you must attend (eg you are a student living in accommodation)
    • minimise your time on campus
    • follow any other advice from the Public Health Network
    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 are strongly encouraged to isolate for at least 5 days and not work in or visit a designated sensitive setting for at least 7 days. If you must attend campus for an activity that cannot be undertaken elsewhere during this time, please:

    • only attend campus if you are symptom-free
    • wear a face mask
    • undertake a RAT before attending University locations, sensitive settings or visiting people at higher risk of severe illness – if you test positive, please stay away
    • do not enter or work in government-designated sensitive settings such as hospitals, residential aged care or disability care services
    • do not enter or work in sensitive settings on campus, including University student accommodation and early education locations – speak to the manager of these locations for additional precautions if you must attend (eg you are a student living in accommodation)
    • minimise your time on campus
    • follow any other advice from the Public Health Network

    If you still have symptoms at the end of the recommended isolation period, you are strongly encouraged to stay home until your symptoms go away. If you are concerned about your health, contact your GP or a GP Respiratory Clinic.

  • If you have recently recovered but have new symptoms

    You may be able to contract COVID-19 again as early as 5 weeks after initially testing positive. You should get tested again after 5 weeks if you have new symptoms.

    If you have recently recovered and you have any new symptoms consistent with COVID‑19 within that 5‑week period, please:

    • stay away from campus until you are symptom-free
    • if you are at higher risk of severe disease – seek advice from a medical practitioner and get tested for COVID-19, and potentially other respiratory viruses, so you can access treatment if eligible.
  • 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 participate in an asymptomatic screening program, within 5 weeks of your initial positive test result. 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 within this 5-week period, please:

    • stay away from campus until you are symptom-free
    • if you are at higher risk of severe disease – seek advice from a medical practitioner and get tested for COVID-19, and potentially other respiratory viruses, so you can access treatment if eligible.

    After 5 weeks, if you are exposed to someone who has COVID-19 you must follow the relevant advice depending on the type of 'contact' you are (close contact, 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 team rostered to monitor reports of COVID-19 cases and contacts from Monday to Friday.

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

    The Public Health Network also provides relevant local and organisational level communication, and liaises with the Department of Health and local Public Health Units as needed.

    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 if you miss classes or assessments due to COVID-19.

  • Staff support

    Special COVID-19 staff benefits were available until the end of 2022. From 2023, staff can access existing entitlements, flexible working arrangements, and supports if they are unwell with COVID-19 or other illness.

    Staff who are unwell should immediately alert their supervisor and avoid working in contact with others, and follow the current testing and notification guidance.

    Teaching staff should discuss with their supervisor whether others could cover their classes or whether classes could be scheduled at another period.

    Staff are encouraged to use personal leave if they are sick or need to care for a member of their family.

    If staff members are able to work from home, they should discuss this with their supervisor and agree on an ad-hoc arrangement for a short period.

    Find out more – staff login required.