COVID-19 update – Qld and SA

11 Sep 2021

Dr Scott McKeown, Acting Director of Public Health

Tasmanian Public Health is closely monitoring the situation in Queensland and South Australia with both states reporting COVID-19 cases in the past day.

Tasmania has declared a number of premises in Queensland as high-risk level 1. These Queensland premises relate to five new local COVID-19 cases from the same family across two Brisbane households with a possible link to a visitor from NSW.

Queensland authorities are working with NSW authorities to confirm the link.

SA has reported one new local case of COVID-19 involving a mine worker who flew into that state yesterday from Sydney.

While the man went straight into quarantine at the Adelaide Airport hotel, other passengers on the flight and people who were in the terminal at the time are being contacted by SA Health. Tasmania will declare public exposure sites associated with this case as high-risk (level 1) premises once they are announced.

Anyone in Tasmania who has spent time at any of the high-risk premises - listed on the Travel Alert page - at the specified dates and times must self-isolate immediately and call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice.

Travellers in Tasmania who have been in Queensland on or since 6 September or SA on or since 10 September are asked to check the high-risk premises list regularly, monitor their health and call the Public Health Hotline to book a test if they have even mild symptoms.

Anyone who has spent time at a high-risk (level 1) premises at the specified dates and times will not be permitted to travel to Tasmania. This includes Tasmanian residents.

At this stage, Public Health believes the risk to the Tasmanian community is low and no further restrictions are required. However, it will continue to closely monitor the situation in both Queensland and SA and respond as necessary to protect the Tasmanian community.