There are two main types of ‘contacts’:
If your staff member has been identified as a Close Contact of someone with COVID-19, they are likely to be at a higher risk of being infected
Household members of a case are Close Contacts.
Other people who are identified as Close Contacts may live, work or have been in the same place at the same time as someone who is infectious with COVID-19, for example, they have may travelled on a plane, stayed over at the house or sit near someone at work who is a positive COVID-19 case.
Any person who receives an orange Bluetooth notification via the NZ COVID Tracer app is considered a Close Contact. The notification will provide advice about what to do and it is important to follow these instructions.
Casual Contacts are people who have been in the same place at the same time as someone infectious with COVID-19 but may not have been near the infectious person. Casual Contacts are at the lowest risk of getting sick with COVID-19.
These people may receive a yellow QR notification for a location of interest via the NZ COVID Tracer app. The notification will provide advice about what to do and a link for more information.
Actions for contacts
People who may live or work with or have been in the same place at the same time as someone infectious with COVID-19.
If you are not fully vaccinated or are a household member of a case, isolate/quarantine, either at home or in a managed facility, for 10 days from last exposure.
Test immediately, and on day 5 and on day 8 after last exposure.
If you are fully vaccinated*, isolate/quarantine, either at home or in a managed facility, for 7 days from last exposure.
Test immediately, and on day 5 after last exposure.
If COVID-19 symptoms develop, get an additional test immediately.
People who have been in the same place at the same time as someone infectious with COVID-19 but may not have been near the person.
Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days.
They can continue to work
If COVID-19 symptoms develop, get tested and stay at home until negative test result is received.
While waiting for results for a test
The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is available for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay their employees who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result.
There’s a one-off payment of $359 for each eligible worker.
If they have Covid-19 or are a close contact and need to isolate
If you have been asked by health officials to self-isolate and you cannot work from home, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme.
are sick with COVID-19 and need to isolate until a doctor tells you that you no longer need to
have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
are at a higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19
live with someone who is at high risk of getting sick from COVID-19, and a doctor or health professional has told people in the household to isolate to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to vulnerable household members
have been asked to self-isolate by public health officials
need to stay home and look after a dependent child who needs support to self-isolate.
Your employer can get $600 per week if you work full time, and $359 per week if you work part time to pass on to you. To be eligible for a one-week payment, you need to be self-isolating for at least four consecutive calendar days.