Important community updates

Positive case update

Published 11 August 2020

A patient at the North West Regional Hospital is currently being cared for after testing positive to coronavirus earlier today.

The patient had been transferred to the hospital from Victoria where they had been receiving medical treatment.

As the patient was being managed within the health system and had not been in the community, the risk to the wider community is considered to be low.

The patient was transferred and is being cared for in line with current infection control processes. Measures are in place to minimise the risk to other patients as well as staff at the hospital. This includes ongoing monitoring of all staff who have worked in the area.

No changes are required to any NWRH services. All people visiting or attending the hospital should continue to attend in line with current hospital protocols – which include not visiting if sick and washing hands thoroughly before and after visits.

Independent Review of the Response to the North-West Tasmania COVID-19 Outbreak

Published 10 August 2020

The Tasmanian Government is calling for submissions for the Independent Review into the North-West COVID-19 outbreak.

The Review will cover every aspect of the outbreak in the North West, including the actions and effectiveness of those actions taken in response.

Submissions are open until Friday 14 August 2020.

More information can be found at on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.

Extension of the Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants

Published 7 August 2020

The Tasmanian Government has announced the extension of the Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants.

The grants are being extended from 8 August 2020 to cover casuals and low-income workers who are unable to work while awaiting a COVID-19 test result.

A one-off payment is available to those eligible ($250 per adult, $125 per child, with a maximum of $1,000 per household).

Applications can be made through the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline 1800 671 738.

Border update

Published 3 August 2020

The Tasmanian Government has announced its current border restrictions will now remain in place until at least Monday 31 August 2020.

The Government had foreshadowed changes to restrictions from 7 August 2020, including removal of the need to quarantine when arriving in Tasmania from the low-risk jurisdictions of South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Instead, it remains the case that all non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania are required to enter quarantine for 14 days.

In addition, non-Tasmanian residents (who aren’t classified as Essential Travellers) who have spent time in high-risk areas specified as an 'Affected Region' or 'Affected Premises' in the 14 days prior to arrival in Tasmania are not permitted to travel to Tasmania and will be turned back at their own expense.

Read more on Coming to Tasmania.

Quarantine fee

Updated 3 August 2020

Non-Tasmanian and Tasmanian residents entering mandatory government-designated accommodation are now required to pay a fee of $2,800 per person.

The fee applies to all non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania who are required to undertake 14 days quarantine in government-designated accommodation.

A reduced rate will be available for couples and families.

Tasmanian residents undertaking quarantine at their private residence are not affected by the change.

Advice on invoicing for quarantine accommodation will be issued during the 14-day quarantine period and on-site Government Liaison Officers will be able to provide further information.

Provision will be provided for people to apply to have the fee waived in limited specific circumstances such as travellers entering the state following essential travel for medical treatment. The criteria and application process for hardship are still being developed and it is not yet possible to apply for hardship consideration prior to arrival.

COVID-19 testing in government-provided quarantine facilities

Published 21 July 2020

Due to the ongoing cases being detected in Victoria and areas of NSW, from Wednesday 22 July everyone in government-provided accommodation will be contacted directly and offered testing at their accommodation on days 5 and 12 of their quarantine period.

Tasmanian residents in home quarantine will continue to be contacted on day 12 of their quarantine period and encouraged to be tested prior to the completion of their quarantine period. All people in quarantine will continue to be reminded of the need to be tested if they display any cold or flu-like symptoms during or after completing their quarantine period.

Read more about COVID-19 testing.

Testing locations for COVID-19

Updated 21 July 2020

Testing sites are available across Tasmania. Some sites do not require bookings and offer drive-up testing.

DatesLocationBookingsNotes
Tasmanian Government COVID-19 Testing Clinics
Daily

Hobart

Launceston

Booking required - call Public Health Hotline: 1800 671 738

On premises testing

Best option for high-risk people including:

  • healthcare, aged care and residential care workers or staff with direct patient contact
  • people who travelled outside Tasmania or had close contact with a confirmed case within 14 days of developing symptoms
  • people in quarantine (day 10-12).
8:30am - 3:30pm daily

Devonport, East Devonport Recreation Centre (67 Caroline Street)

Burnie, West Park, 'The Point' (10 Bass Highway)

No booking required

Mobile testing clinics
Details of future mobile testing clinics to be advised.

It is recommended that if you have any of the following symptoms, get tested for COVID-19:

  • fever
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • sore/itchy throat, or
  • shortness of breath.

If you become very unwell or have difficulty breathing, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.

Read more about Testing for COVID-19.

Declaration of State of Emergency extended

Published 9 July 2020

The Tasmanian Government has today extended the Declaration of a State of Emergency until 31 August 2020.

The Government advised this is necessary to keep the current arrangements in place to continue to manage the risk that COVID-19 poses to Tasmania.

Read the full Direction for more information.

Changes to gatherings under Stage 3

Updated 26 June 2020

From 12pm Friday 26 June, the number of people permitted at businesses/activities (other than households) has increased as Tasmania moves to Stage 3 in its Roadmap to Recovery.

Gathering sizes have increased to a maximum of 500 people in an undivided space outdoors and 250 people for an undivided space in an indoor premises. Maximum density limits have moved from 4sqm per person to 2sqm.

Where the number of people permitted according to the density limit is less than the gathering limit, the lower number applies.

For more information, see Current restrictions.

The Tasmania Project

Updated 18 June 2020

How are you experiencing and adapting to life in the time of COVID-19? What do you need and want now, and for the future? The University of Tasmania has established The Tasmania Project to give you a voice and to gather important information during and beyond the pandemic.

UTAS is seeking Tasmanian residents to participate in surveys and/or interviews. The information gathered will be summarised as a resource for those making critical decisions in response to the pandemic, and will help Tasmanians work together through the pandemic and support recovery for a strong future.

Visit the UTAS website to register your interest to participate in the study.

COVID-19 Safety Plans

Published 15 June 2020

The Government has a plan to ‘Rebuild a Stronger Tasmania’. As part of this plan, all workplaces are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with the minimum COVID-19 safety standards that are now in place. See COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework for more information.