Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health, Department of Health
Tasmanian Public Health officials continue to monitor COVID-19 developments in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW).
Queensland Health reported no new locally acquired cases as the state continues its 3-day lockdown of the Greater Brisbane area.
Tasmania has now declared Greater Brisbane to be high-risk and is making similar requirements of people from this location as is Queensland.
This action is being taken to ensure there is no spread of a more infectious strain of coronavirus from a person who may have been infectious while in the Brisbane community from 2 to 5 January.
Any person arriving in Tasmania on or after 8 January, who has been in the Greater Brisbane area since 2 January, is required to quarantine.
If you were in Tasmania before 8 January and were in the Greater Brisbane area on or after 2 January, please self-isolate and check the list of risk locations at www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing. If you have been at any of these places at the dates and times, contact the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange a test.
Queensland Health has also identified sites in Maleny – Cappriccios Italian Pizza Restaurant on 6 January and Purple Palate Cellars and Woolworths on 7 January – as locations where persons present at the specified time should self-isolate and get tested.
A SMS is being sent daily to all persons in Tasmania who were recently in Queensland with this advice.
Tasmanian health officials are in touch with their Queensland counterparts daily and are following the progress of the lockdown and contact tracing and testing.
Earlier today Victoria reported no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, while NSW Health reported one case associated with the Berala cluster in Western Sydney.
Persons now in Tasmania who have been in Victoria or NSW since December 26 should continue to check the latest list of COVID case locations.
If you were at any of the listed locations and premises at the specified date and time, please contact the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice.
These sites change regularly so if you were in either state in the last 14 days please visit the site every day.
Tasmania currently lists the Greater Sydney region and the Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) as medium-risk locations. This means that persons who were in these locations in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are required to enter quarantine, usually at home or a suitable premises. Anyone who does not have a suitable premises is required to quarantine at a government facility at their own expense.
From 12.01am 10 January the Tasmanian classification of the NSW Northern Beaches Local Government Area (LGA) will change from high-risk to medium risk – the same as other LGAs in the Greater Sydney region.
The change coincides with the NSW government lifting the lockdown on the northern part of the Northern Beaches LGA and applying the same restrictions to this area as elsewhere in the Greater Sydney Region from Sunday.
If you get any cold or flu symptoms, even mild, please contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange a test.
Visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au for the latest Tasmanian information.