Further information about second Coronavirus case

8 March 2020

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

Further information is available in relation to the second case of coronavirus in Tasmania.

Public Health has been working throughout the day to identify close contacts of the man who was identified last night as the second positive case.

A close contact is someone who spends at least 15 minutes in close face-to-face contact with a positive case or is with them in an enclosed room for more than 2 hours.

All close contacts will be required to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days and will be monitored and contacted daily by Public Health to check on their well-being and whether they have symptoms and need testing.

Four household members have been identified as close contacts and are in self-quarantine.

Four other persons have also been identified as close contacts and are in self-quarantine.

The man attended Australian Ideal College on Friday 28 February and Friday 6 March 2020 for brief periods. Two further persons are being assessed to determine whether they are a close contact in this setting.

The man worked casual shifts on 7 days at the Grand Chancellor Hotel. Not all shifts involved contact with the public. The Hotel has contacted all staff working with the case and have advised them to ring the Public Health hotline if they meet the criteria for being a close contact.

The man’s activities over the past week may have resulted in casual contact with members of the public in various settings. The risk of catching coronavirus in such settings is low.

The man worked as a food and beverage attendant in the Tasman Restaurant on Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March from 5pm to 11pm. The risk to diners is low.

He also worked as a food and beverage attendant at conferences on 4, 5 and 7 March. Public Health is contacting the organisers of these conferences to provide advice.

The man was at Cargo and O-Bar between 10pm and 2am on Friday with brief periods in between on Parliament laws.

While the risk from casual contact is low, if anyone is concerned or has symptoms, they should contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

The Director has extensive powers in relation to people known or suspected to be infected with the Covid-19 virus which has been declared a notifiable disease.

A person who is aware of having a notifiable disease must take all reasonable measures to prevent transmission and not knowingly or recklessly place others at risk, and there are significant penalties that can be applied.

So far, 114 tests have been completed in Tasmania. There have been two positive tests.

The Tasmanian Public Health Hotline number is 1800 671 738

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