Alert from the Director of Public Health for residential aged care providers - 12 February 2021

Coronavirus

This is an alert from the Director of Public Health for residential aged care providers - 12 February 2021

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COVID-19 Alert

This alert updates the alert provided on 1 February 2021.

Influenza vaccine and the screening tool

  • The screening tool for residential aged care facilities has been adjusted given influenza vaccine is not currently available. The Direction under Section 16 of the Public Health Act 1997 (Residential Aged Care Facilities – No. 10), requires people to have the latest influenza vaccination to enter an aged care facility, unless they cannot have the vaccine safely for medical reasons or vaccine is not available.
  • Please continue to screen people before they enter your facilities. Do not allow anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms or unexplained shortness of breath, to enter.

Interstate update

  • There are new high-risk locations in Victoria, following confirmed cases being at those sites between 27 January and 9 February.
  • There are new high-risk locations in NSW, following confirmed cases being at those sites between 2 and 6 February.
  • Please check the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website - travel alert page daily for a list of high and medium risk locations, and be mindful that the list changes as the public health response in NSW and Victoria continues.
  • Anyone who has spent time in medium or high risk areas must not enter a residential aged care facility in Tasmania in the 14 days after doing so, unless exemption is granted by the Director of Public Health.
  • Anyone in Tasmania who was at any of the high-risk locations at the specific date and time listed should quarantine immediately and call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for advice.
  • There are now no high or medium-risk locations in states and territories other than NSW and Victoria.

COVID-19 Vaccination

What to do

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Dr Julie Graham, Deputy Director of Public Health