COVID-19 update

15 Jan 2022

Peter Gutwein, Premier

Tasmania has recorded 1,139 new cases, but importantly an additional 1470 people have now recovered and have been released from isolation in the last 24 hours.  This brings the total number of people released from isolation to around 10,000. 

There are 22 people who have COVID-19 in hospital, 10 who are being treated primarily for COVID symptoms, and there is 1 individual in the ICU.

Vaccination continues to be our strongest defence, and Tasmania has one of the highest vaccination rates in the nation, and the world.

Another 47,000 vaccination does were delivered in Tasmania in the week to the 13th of January, which includes more than 42,000 boosters. This incredible effort by Tasmanians beats our previous record vaccination week by 7,200 doses.

The 13th of January was the biggest vaccination day on record with 9,075 doses administered. 

I also thank Tasmanians for registering their RAT positive result on the Public Health website to help Public Health track and provide support to cases.

People are now receiving Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) through our contactless next-day delivery service of free RAT kits to people who live in regional and rural areas of the State and have symptoms or are a close contact. 

This service is also available for people who are unable to travel to a collection centre and are unable to have another person collect a RAT on their behalf.

Anyone wanting to access a RAT through the delivery service or at a collection centre needs to register online on the website.

Importantly, the current evidence continues to show that the Omicron strain, while highly transmissible, is significantly less severe.

It is important we make this transition, so that we can return to a more normal way of life, with COVID to be treated as we would other common influenzas and respiratory illnesses.
We will continue to keep Tasmanians informed at every step moving forward as the pandemic continues to evolve.