Sumary of Rapid childcare tests halve quarantine:
- Young Victorian children who become primary close contacts will be allowed to return to childcare after seven days, as long as they perform a rapid COVID-19 tests for 14 days.
- It comes as Victoria’s chief health officer has criticised the national cabinet’s COVID-19 roadmap for failing to mention what will happen in the pandemic “recovery phase” and called for more federal funding.
- The Victorian government will distribute free rapid antigen testing kits to kindergartens and long daycare centres this week to help manage COVID-19 outbreaks in early childhood services.
- From Monday, eligible kindergartens and long daycare services are invited to opt into a program to receive at-home rapid antigen tests for kids identified as primary close contacts.
- To attend childcare again, children must return negative rapid antigen tests each they attend a service, from days eight to 14.Families must report the test results to their childcare provider each morning before attending.
- Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton and health economist Stephen Duckett have penned an editorial in the Medical Journal of Australia on the need for a “recovery phase” in the national pandemic plan.
- A recovery phase would address economic effects and manage mental health impact of the pandemic, they say.
- “From a public health perspective, this should not be a witch hunt, but rather an exercise in learning and improvement,” the article says.