As per advice from the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS):
- The case definition has changed. See the Health services and general practice – coronavirus disease (COVID-19) page for updated information, including new 'Quick Reference Guide' and 'Guidelines for health services and general practitioners'. With reducing numbers of returning travellers, Victoria’s testing criteria will now focus on an expanded range of frontline healthcare workers to include paid or unpaid workers in healthcare, residential care, disability care, homelessness support and child protection workers, as well as police officers
- All doctors requesting COVID-19 testing must provide a patient mobile number on the pathology slip.
- GPs should indicate on the form if the patient is a health or aged care worker in order to expedite their test result.
- Please provide clinical details on request slips so high-risk patients can be prioritised.
- Notification of suspected cases to the department is now only required for healthcare workers and residential aged care workers or residents. Notification is no longer required for all other suspected cases.
Notification is required, by telephone, for all confirmed cases via 1300 651 160, immediately 24 hours per day.
A message from the Directors of EDs around the country: COVID-19 testing:
- Do not send patients to emergency departments for COVID-19 testing if they are well. Please send well / mild symptoms patients to their closest respiratory clinic / COVID-19 Clinic for testing. Hospitals should be a last resort if respiratory clinics or other testing options are not available. Let’s try to reserve the Emergency Department for Emergency purposes.