Coronavirus update

08 May 2022

Jeremy Rockliff, Premier and Minister for Health

Overnight, Tasmania has recorded 733 new cases with 835 people recovered and released from isolation in that time.

The total number of active cases currently stands at 6090 and we now have more than 137,118 Tasmanians who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are currently 43 people in hospital with COVID and of these, 13 are being treated specifically for COVID. There is currently one person being cared for in the ICU.

Sadly, I can confirm a man in his 80s has passed away at a residential aged care facility in the south.

I extend my sincere condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.

Getting a booster when you are due continues to be the best defence against COVID-19, with vaccination available at 100+ pharmacies, 100+ GPs and state-run clinics.

Those people most at risk from COVID-19 are now also eligible to receive a “winter dose” or second booster. This includes those 65 years and over, residents of aged care and disability facilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 50 and over, and people who are severely immunocompromised.

Those eligible can also get their flu shot at the same time, so I strongly recommend booking in for both doses with your GP or pharmacy at the earliest opportunity.

In addition, we continue to have one of the leading vaccination rates for children aged 5 to 11, with almost 64 per cent having had at least one dose and 50 per cent with two doses.

Please, remember the important COVID safe behaviours – wash your hands and sanitise, cover coughs and sneezes and importantly, stay home and do a test if you’re unwell.