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NSW Health moves to Green Alert

Posted November 19 2020

Effective immediately, NSW Health services will move from an amber alert (moderate transmission) to a green alert (low transmission).

The decision has been reinforced in the knowledge of no locally acquired COVID-19 cases in NSW in the past week.

With the transition to a green alert, NSW Health are advising that in their facilities that most staff do not need to wear a surgical mask when within 1.5 metres of a patient. The green alert also includes:

  • Mask wearing is still required for staff working in emergency departments and for all staff when attending to patients who have an acute respiratory infection.
  • Patients presenting to the emergency department should continue to be encouraged to wear masks.
  • Most other patients are not required to wear masks.

The use of PPE for any suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 remains unchanged.

A full matrix of infection prevention and control practices under each alert level is available with the Framework.

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