Coronavirus update – 19 March 2020

19 March 2020

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

Tasmania has confirmed a total of 10 cases of coronavirus infection.

Three people have recovered.

Seven cases continue to receive care in safe, appropriate settings.

The three most recent cases arrived from overseas the day before the 14-day quarantine period was mandated for all overseas arrivals.

Two of the three cases had travelled together.

Public Health Services is identifying close contacts of these cases on two domestic flights into Tasmania. These close contacts will be required to enter self-quarantine and will receive daily checks from PHS staff.

PHS thanks the three individuals for their assistance and cooperation, particularly in recognising the need to be tested and limiting their movements so as not to expose the Tasmanian public to risk.

As of late last night, 707 coronavirus tests had been completed.

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.