COVID-19 update – possible risk sites

10 Jul 2021

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

Public Health Services has released a list of Tasmanian sites visited by a person who tested positive for COVID-19 two days after they left the State and arrived in London.

The person, a healthcare worker, left Tasmania on 2 July. They tested negative for COVID-19 prior to leaving Tasmania and arrived in London on 3 July, transiting through Melbourne and Singapore. A test in London on 4 July was positive for COVID-19.

There is currently no evidence that this person contracted COVID-19 while they were in Tasmania, or was infectious while they were in Tasmania, however Public Health Services is taking a precautionary approach to ensure there is no risk to the Tasmanian community.

The list with details of sites and locations is at http://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/exposure-sites.

Anyone who was at any of these sites at the specified dates and times must immediately self-isolate and contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange testing for COVID-19 as a precaution. Once a person returns a negative test they will no longer be required to isolate.

Public Health Services is contacting businesses visited by the person to ensure they are aware and that their staff isolate and get tested.

The person last worked at the Launceston General Hospital on 20 June. There is currently no evidence this person posed any risk to staff or patients at that time.

Wastewater testing conducted in Tasmania this week has not returned any positive tests for COVID-19.

If you have any symptoms of a cold or flu, no matter how mild, please get tested for COVID-19 by phoning the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. Testing for COVID-19 gives public health authorities the best chance of detecting cases early enough to prevent an outbreak.

Please use the Check In TAS app whenever you enter a businesses or venues displaying the Check In TAS QR code. This information will be critical for contact tracing in the event any cases occur in Tasmania.

Visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au for the latest Tasmanian information.