Update to COVID-19 screening questions for staff, visitors and clients
The Ministry of Health last night advised that the following question should be added to staff, client and visitor COVID-19 screening:
Have you travelled to Melbourne in the last 14 days?
For staff: assess the person for symptoms and exclude from clinical areas for a period of 14 days from the date they returned from Melbourne. They should be advised to get tested for COVID-19 should even the mildest of symptoms arise. Given the risk is presently very low, should the absence of the staff member from clinical duties in any way compromise clinical care, please assess the risk accordingly and put a local management plan in place.
For clients/visitors: ensure that questioning focusses on the mildest of symptoms but at this stage there is no instruction to exclude if the person is completely asymptomatic.