King Island COVID-19 update

12 Jan 2022

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

Public Health Services has confirmed 115 cases of COVID-19 connected to the outbreak on King Island. The rate of cases occurring has decreased.

Anyone planning a trip to King Island needs to be aware that cases of COVID-19 will continue to occur on the island, as they will elsewhere in Tasmania and on mainland Australia.

PHS no longer recommends limiting travel to King Island but reminds visitors to take appropriate preventive measures in this time of increased COVID-19 risk.

Anyone travelling to King Island should wear a mask when indoors other than in private residences, maintain social distancing measures, and practise good hand hygiene.

Anyone experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, regardless of how mild they are, should get a rapid antigen test and test for COVID-19.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate immediately and advise household contacts to quarantine.

The Department of Health has provided several thousand rapid antigen test kits to King Island to assist with testing.

RATs will be available for collection from the Currie racecourse from 2 to 5pm tomorrow and Friday.