Supporting COVID-19 positive workers

As we continue to support industry and business to remain COVID Safe, we wanted to ensure employers and their workers who test positive for COVID-19 are linked to key information and resources.

Rules for workers who test positive for COVID-19

If a worker tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to self-isolate immediately for 7 days from the day they were tested, and not leave home or let anyone come into their home unless they live there.

A negative PCR (nose and throat swab) or rapid antigen test is not needed to leave isolation and return to work.

If they have a sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath after 7 days, they must remain in isolation until 24 hours after their symptoms have resolved.

People should wear a mask when near or talking to others, and avoid visiting high risk settings (health care, aged care, disability care or correctional facilities) for a further 3 days.

How a business will find out that a worker tests positive for COVID-19

A business owner or employer might be notified that a worker who has attended the workplace has tested positive for COVID-19 by:
• the worker who has tested positive
• an employer of a worker who visits the workplace
• public health authorities.

If you run a business, you must notify SafeWork NSW if a worker has, or is likely to have, contracted COVID-19 at work and requires hospitalisation.

Business responsibilities to inform workers about a positive COVID-19 case

Employers should advise workers and contractors of the general situation, noting that the privacy and confidentiality of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 must always be maintained. Information provided should include:

Guidance is available for businesses with a worker who tests positive for COVID-19 on nsw.gov.au including a factsheet from NSW Health.

Thank you for your continuing support to protect the community and help NSW stay open during this period.

Please continue to check nsw.gov.au for the latest updates and contact covid.communications if you need specific content for your industry or networks.