Changes announced for self-isolation requirements

Over the weekend, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) expanded the case definition for a person suspected to have contracted novel coronavirus.

Any person who has an acute respiratory infection and has been in mainland China OR has had close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the 14 days prior to their onset of illness, should be tested for the infection.

As a precaution, people who were in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) on or after 1 February 2020 are advised to self-isolate. This date is when the risk of human-to-human transmission across many provinces of mainland China was identified to have significantly increased.

If you have travelled to China and are not sure what to do, please refer to our dedicated Coronavirus information site for Monash Health employees.

If you have travelled to China and are now self-isolating, DHHS has issued home isolation guidance.

The current novel coronavirus situation is rapidly changing and we will keep you updated via https://coronavirus.monashhealth.org/  as new information becomes available.

DHHS also provides current information for both the public and health professionals. They have a dedicated coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398.



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