Coronavirus Update 7 April 2020

7 April 2020
Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health, Public Health Services

Coronavirus update

Since 6pm last night, Tasmania has confirmed nine cases of coronavirus.

This brings the State’s tally to 98.

Six of the cases are women, three are men. One is from Southern Tasmania, and eight are from the North West. Three are aged in their 20s, two are in their 30s, one is in their 40s, one is in their 50s, one is in their 60s and one is in their 70s.

Eight of the cases are related to the current outbreak at the North West Regional Hospital.

Six of these are NWRH staff. One is a recent inpatient, and one is a close contact of a previous NWRH case.

An Outbreak Management Team is already identifying and contacting any person who has had close contact with any of these staff and will ensure necessary actions are taken.

In addition, Public Health Services is also following up household and social contacts of all confirmed cases.

The case in Southern Tasmania relates to a recently returned overseas traveller who was already in home-quarantine in accordance with border control measures.

If any NWRH staff member or patient is determined to be a close contact of these cases, they will be contacted and advised of the action they need to take.

It may be necessary for other staff and patients to be tested for coronavirus as investigations progress. We will assess and test any symptomatic staff member or patient who is symptomatic and has been at risk of exposure to coronavirus.

The situation with coronavirus is changing regularly. People can stay up to date by visiting the Department of Health coronavirus website www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au or the Australian Government Department of Health website at www.health.gov.au.