Additional coronavirus update – 20 March 2020

20 March 2020

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

A total of 10 cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Tasmania.

In addition, a Tasmanian woman has tested positive for coronavirus in New South Wales and is being managed by NSW Health.

As of 5:00 pm yesterday, 807 coronavirus tests had been completed in Tasmania.

Important information for the public:

  • Anyone who returns from overseas must self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • From 21 March anyone who returns from interstate, apart from people classified as essential travellers, must self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Anyone who returns from overseas or interstate and develops symptoms within 14 days should ring the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or contact their GP.  If you are experiencing extreme symptoms which require emergency treatment ring 000 or go to the emergency department.
  • People can help stop the spread of respiratory illness by washing their hands regularly with soap and water and covering sneezes and coughs with a tissue or their elbow.
  • It is important to remember that if you are unwell – do not attend work or school or visit settings with vulnerable such as aged care homes or hospitals – and seek medical advice as appropriate.
  • The situation with coronavirus is changing regularly. People can stay up to date by visiting the Tasmanian Department of Health coronavirus website at  or the Australian Government Department of Health website

Anyone requiring more information about coronavirus should contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.