Information for the Community - COVID-19
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- What is Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
- Restrictions on business, organisations activities, events and gatherings in South Australia
- Restrictions on visits to residential aged care facilities
- Protecting yourself and others
- Home isolation and self-quaratine
- Coping with mental health support
- Travel advice
- Information for Maternity Patients
- Translated COVID-19 Information
- What to do if you are feeling unwell
- Frequently asked questions
- How many confirmed and suspected of cases in South Australia?
- Where can I find information about schools?
- Emergency supply of essential medicines
- More information
What is Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene can prevent infection.
Visit the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 webpage for community information about:
- What is coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Who is at risk
- How it spreads
- Support services
Restrictions on business, organisations activities, events and gatherings in South Australia
The Commonwealth Government has issued new restrictions on non-essential business and activities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
For the latest information see our Restrictions on business, organisations, activities, events and gatherings in South Australia page
Restrictions on visits to residential aged care facilities
In order to protect older Australians, on 18 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced that new restrictions on visits to residential aged care facilities will apply.
Accordingly, the Chief Executive of SA Health has issued a direction which applies to all providers of residential aged care in South Australia.
For more information see our Visitation to aged care Facilities in South Australia page.
Protecting yourself and others
Good hygiene practices like washing your hands regularly and covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and other colds and flu.
For information on what you can do to reduce the risk of getting sick or passing infections, see our Stop the Spread page .
Home isolation and self-quarantine
To find out what you need to do if you have been travelling, been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19, or have been advised to self-isolate, see our Home Isolation Advice page.
Coping and mental health support
It’s normal to feel stress and worry when there is a health event happening in the community that is affecting people’s wellbeing. For information on coping and mental health support see our Mental Health information for the community fact sheet (PDF 292KB).
For mental health support by phone and video in relation to COVID-19, you can contact the SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line by calling 1800 632 753, available 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, 7 days a week). This service can also provide follow-up calls.
The State Government has taken unprecedented action in response to the coronavirus pandemic requiring all people entering South Australia to isolate for 14-days from their arrival.
This enforceable obligation applies to all South Australians, other Australians and other travellers, and is supported by border control from Tuesday 24 March at 4pm.
Read more about Travel Restrictions in South Australia.
For national and international travel advice and information on travel restrictions visit:
Information for Maternity Patients
As COVID-19 is a new illness there is little detailed information about the impact of the virus on pregnant women and their babies.
Experience with other viruses in this family suggests that while pregnant women may develop severe respiratory symptoms, pregnant women do not appear to be more severely unwell if they develop COVID-19 infection than others in the general population.
In fact, the large majority of pregnant women will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu type symptoms.
For more information read our Frequently Asked Questions for Maternity Patients (PDF 395KB).
Translated COVID-19 Information
See the Australian Government Health website for a range of COVID-19 fact sheets in international language translations. The resources include fact sheets, guidelines and other publications.
The site provides a list of translated resources about COVID-19 in:
- Simplified and Traditional Chinese
What to do if you’re feeling unwell
If you are severely unwell, such as having difficulty breathing, call 000 (Triple Zero).
If you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days and have COVID-19 symptoms, contact your GP (advise your GP of your travel history and symptoms) and isolate yourself.
People who are unable to get an appointment with their GP and meet the following criteria can visit one of the COVID-19 clinics.
Please only present for testing if:
- You have travelled overseas in the past 14 days AND have symptoms.
- You have travelled interstate in the past 7 days AND have new symptoms.
- You have been in contact with a confirmed case AND have symptoms.
- You are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact AND have a fever (≥37.5) AND an acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat).
If you have NOT travelled overseas recently, but are feeling unwell, visit your usual health care provider. Avoid contact with others if you are unwell.
Not sure what to do?
- Follow our What should you do flowchart (PDF 49.3 KB)
- Use the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker to find out if you need to seek medical help.
Health Practitioners should refer to the latest COVID-19 CDNA National Guidelines for Public Health Units for a comprehensive list of case definitions.
Frequently Asked Questions
See the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page for the most asked questions.
How many confirmed and suspected cases are there in South Australia?
See the Confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 in South Australia page for latest information.
Where can I find information about schools?
For latest information on schools, please see the Department for Education website.
Emergency supply of essential medicines
A temporary Emergency Supply provision will allow people to access their essential medicines from their pharmacist without a prescription. This means that if you have a need for supply of your medicine and are not able to obtain a prescription from your GP or other health care provider, you will be able to contact your pharmacist to discuss getting your essential medicines without a prescription.
For most medicines, your pharmacist will be able to provide you with the same amount of medicine as on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) or the smallest standard pack of drugs not on the PBS.
To find out more, read:
National Coronavirus Information Helpline - 1800 020 080
Call this line if you are seeking information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
SA COVID-19 Information Line – 1800 253 787
This line is available to South Australians and provides local information on COVID-19 to the general public from 8.00am to 8.00pm 7 days per week.