Man diagnosed with COVID-19 after breaching quarantine

13 Oct 2021

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

A man in his thirties from New South Wales was confirmed as a case of COVID-19 this morning.

The man had been quarantined at the Travelodge hotel in Macquarie Street after arriving on a flight from Melbourne on Monday night without an approved G2G pass.

A welfare check on Tuesday found that he was no longer in his room.

Later Tuesday afternoon Tasmania Police located the man in the outer northern suburbs of Hobart.

The man was taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital for a COVID-19 test before being returned to quarantine.

This initial test result was not clearly positive or negative, and required a further test. A second test done this morning was positive.

Public Health contact tracing commenced last night and has proceeded during today.

The following public exposure sites have been identified:

  • Jetstar flight JQ715 Melbourne to Hobart arriving 8.27pm, Monday 11 October.
  • Hobart Airport arrival area male bathroom between 9.10pm - 9.15pm and 9.25pm - 9.30pm, Monday 11 October.
  • Hobart Airport arrival hall including baggage pickup between 8.54pm and 10.07pm, Monday 11 October.

If you have been at these locations at these times, and have not yet been contacted by Public Health, please isolate where you are and contact the Public Health Hotline on 1 800 671 738 for advice.

Public Health is also identifying and managing people in two households visited by the case; and is assessing and managing any risk to persons involved in the arrival of the case at the airport, their transport into quarantine, and their subsequent breach, testing and return to quarantine.

People at any risk from exposure to the case will be managed in line with national public health guidelines, with advice, testing and quarantine in accordance with their risk.

While there is no current indication of public risk from this case, other than to identified contacts, anyone who has even the mildest cold or flu symptoms should arrange a COVID-19 test. This is the only way we can pick up COVID-19 in the Tasmanian community and stop it spreading.

Vaccination is our best protection against COVID-19. If you are 12 or older and haven’t had your first dose, please book in now and protect yourself, your loved ones, and the community.

There are thousands of appointments available across the state in the coming days and weeks.

Visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au or call 1800 671 738 to book your vaccination.