Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health
The 17 close contacts of the Launceston teenager who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving on a flight from Melbourne have all returned negative test results.
Further testing will be done later this week.
Close contacts are required to stay in quarantine for at least 14 days.
56 of the 57 casual contacts have tested negative 5 days after their exposure risk and have been released from quarantine. The result of one casual contact is pending.
Please don’t be complacent about the risk of COVID-19 in Tasmania.
We need more people to get tested in the Launceston area this week, so we can be confident that COVID-19 is not in our community.
If you live, work in, or visit Launceston, particularly Newnham and surrounding suburbs, please get a test if you have any cold or flu symptoms, even very mild.
A mobile testing clinic in Newnham at the TasTAFE carpark on Alanvale Rd Launceston will be open this week from 8.30am to 3.30pm for booked, walk-in or drive-up testing.
The Launceston testing clinic at 246-248 Wellington St is open daily from 8.30am to 3.30pm.
You can book your test at these and other Tasmanian testing sites by visiting www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au or calling the public health hotline on 1800 671 738.
Vaccination is our best protection against COVID-19. If you are 16 or older and haven't had your first dose, please book in now and protect yourself, your loved ones, and the community. Visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au or call 1800 671 738 to book your vaccination.