Good afternoon everybody,
SA Health has advised that as from today:
- the mandatory five-day isolation for COVID positive people has been removed
- there are no more legal requirements for close contacts
- the requirement to wear a mask while providing services to our clients has also been lifted (masks are still required in some health care settings).
To protect others in our community and especially our clients, many of whom are vulnerable, anyone with symptoms is encouraged to take steps to stop the spread of disease by continuing to get tested and stay at home until symptoms have cleared.
If you are COVID positive, we ask everybody to help protect our clients and your work colleagues by not attending work if you have symptoms or you are sick. We still have a duty of care to provide a safe workplace for everybody and if you do attend work while unwell, we may request you to leave the workplace. However, we would much rather you make this decision about your capacity to work safely.
One thing that hasn’t changed is that employees who work directly with clients who don’t have any leave entitlements are still able to apply for the COVID-19 payment if you provide evidence of a positive COVID-19 test.
We will be advising all of our clients of the latest update from SA Health as soon as possible. If you have clients who request you to still wear masks or provide evidence of a negative RAT (Rapid Antigen Test), please politely explain to them that Assured Home Care has advised all staff that this is no longer necessary. If you need assistance to communicate this to clients, please get in touch with your Client Relations Officer or Coordinator (Accommodation Services) and they can speak to the client on your behalf.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.