Coronavirus update - 9 March 2020

9 March 2020

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

Tasmania has had no further diagnoses of coronavirus infection.

The two confirmed cases to date are the 40-year-old man in the north of the state (Case 1) who was confirmed on 2 March 2020, and the 20-year-old man in the south of the state (Case 2) confirmed on Friday 6 March 2020. Both remain in hospital in stable conditions.

Public Health has continued to work throughout today to ensure all persons who may have been ‘casual contacts’ of Case 2 have been informed that they have been in the same general area as the case while that person was infectious and provided with advice.

Anyone who has symptoms after being advised they are a ‘casual contact’ of someone with coronavirus infection should contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

So far, 126 tests have been completed in Tasmania. There have been two positive tests, and no new positive tests today.

From 22 January to 09 March we received around 750 calls to the Public Health Hotline. Over half (54%) of these calls were between 3 to 9 March, with a peak of 130 calls on 8 March.

The Tasmanian Public Health Hotline number is 1800 671 738 and further information, including useful fact sheets can be found on the Tasmanian Department of Health website

For general information about coronavirus, call the national 24-hour coronavirus information line on 1800 020 080 or visit the Australian Government Department of Health website