Fourth coronavirus case confirmed - 13 March 2020

13 March 2020

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

A woman in her 40s has tested positive for coronavirus in Tasmania.

She is stable and currently in isolation at a UTAS accommodation facility in Launceston.

It is Tasmania’s fourth confirmed case of coronavirus. The other three cases remain in medical care and are stable. This latest case is not related to either of the previous cases and is not due to local transmission in Tasmania.

The woman travelled to Australia from the Philippines on 8 March, and then into Launceston from Melbourne on flight JQ731 which landed about 8.05am on 9 March.

Public Health Services will be contacting people who were seated in close contact to the woman as a priority. These close contacts will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days and will receive daily follow-up from PHS staff.

All other passengers on the flight are casual contacts and will be contacted and informed that they should contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 should they feel unwell.

An investigation has also been done into the woman’s movements after arriving in Tasmania.

There are a number of people known to the woman who are considered close contacts and will be followed up by Public Health as a priority.

Public Health Services has advised UTAS that there is no risk to other people on campus and normal campus activities can continue.

Ongoing management of this case is being discussed by PHS, the Tasmanian Health Service and UTAS.