Coronavirus update

13 Oct 2022

Dale Webster, Commander COVID-19 Emergency Response

As we continue our transition towards living with COVID-19, Tasmanians will no longer be required to isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 from this Friday 14 October.

Just like with other respiratory illnesses, Tasmanians who test positive are advised to stay home when they are unwell, but there will not be a mandatory requirement to isolate.

This change was agreed at National Cabinet by all First Ministers on advice from the Chief Medical Officer and will be implemented across all States and Territories via relevant public health legislation.

Rules for close contacts of people who test positive for COVID-19 will also no longer be in place.

While there have been low numbers of reported cases across the State in recent weeks, COVID-19 is still present in our community and I would encourage Tasmanians to continue exercising their personal responsibility to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

To protect those most at risk, people are advised to:

Stay home if they are unwell.

Get tested if they have respiratory symptoms

Register a positive rapid antigen test (RAT). This will help people to receive health advice and support and inform our ongoing public health response.

Wear a face mask and avoid high-risk settings for 7 days if they need to leave home after testing positive for COVID-19.

Wear a face mask in indoor settings and avoid high-risk settings for 7 days if they live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Continue following COVID-safe behaviours, including maintaining good hand hygiene, following social distancing and wearing a mask when they can’t.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 can contact their GP, a GP Respiratory Clinic or call the COVID@homeplus team to discuss care options. Free trusted health advice is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Healthdirect.

People at high-risk of severe illness should arrange urgent access to anti-viral treatments through their GP or COVID@homeplus team when they test positive. Page 2 of 2 Finally, the most critical thing that people can do to protect themselves from COVID-19 is to ensure they are up to date with their vaccinations.

If you haven’t already, make a booking with one of the many GPs and pharmacies across the state and get your vaccination as soon as possible.

For more information, call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.