Seventh coronavirus case confirmed - 15 March 2020

15 March 2020

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

A woman in her 50s has tested positive for coronavirus in Tasmania.

She is in a stable condition and is being managed in isolation with appropriate medical care.

This case was identified as a close contact during the public health investigation of a previous Tasmanian case, who had recently travelled overseas.

The case was aboard a privately-chartered yacht for more than 24 hours with a person who later tested positive and became a confirmed case.

Public Health Services has identified and contacted the woman’s close contacts, including other people aboard the yacht who are already being treated as close contacts. These people will be required to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days and will receive daily follow up from PHS staff.

It is Tasmania’s seventh confirmed case of coronavirus. Five cases are stable and remain in isolation receiving medical care. Another case has been discharged from hospital.

All Tasmanian cases are directly linked to people or involve people who have arrived in Tasmania from overseas.

Evidence of transmission within our community outside of these cases has not been identified.

Important information for the public:

  • Anyone who develops respiratory symptoms within 14 days of returning from overseas should self-quarantine and ring the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or contact your 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 as a visitor to other vulnerable settings such as aged care homes, hospitals, and seek medical advice as appropriate.
  • Anyone requiring more information about coronavirus should contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.