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). This information informs our local response.
Queensland Health again reported no new locally-acquired cases as the state continues its 3-day lockdown of the Greater Brisbane area. This action aims to prevent spread from a case with a highly infectious strain of coronavirus.
Tasmania declared Greater Brisbane to be high-risk and is making similar requirements of people from this location as is Queensland.
Any person who arrived or arrives in Tasmania on or after 8 January, who has been in the Greater Brisbane area since 2 January, remains required to quarantine.
If you were in Tasmania before 8 January and were in the Greater Brisbane area on or after 2 January, please continue to self-isolate.
Also, please check the contact tracing alerts 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 three sites in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast – Cappriccios Italian Pizza Restaurant on 6 January and Purple Palate Cellars and Woolworths on 7 January – as locations where persons who were there should self-isolate and get tested.
An SMS is being sent daily to all persons in Tasmania who were recently in Queensland with this advice.
Earlier today Victoria reported no new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 for the fourth day in a row, while NSW Health reported three locally-acquired cases – two linked to the Berala cluster and one to a known Northern Beaches case.
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.
The Victorian list is at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks, the NSW list is at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates NSW recently added sites in Casula, Bankstown, Campsie and Belrose.
If you were at any of the listed sites at the specified date and time, please contact the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice.
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.