Coronavirus Update 16 April 2020

16 April 2020
Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health, Public Health Services

Coronavirus update

Public Health Services is working with three nursing homes on the North West Coast after contact tracing found that a healthcare worker diagnosed with coronavirus who had worked shifts at both the North West Regional Hospital and the North West Private Hospital had also worked at nursing homes.

The person was diagnosed yesterday and investigations were conducted last night and today to determine their movements when they may have been infectious.

It was found that the person worked shifts at Melaleuca Nursing Home in East Devonport, Eliza Purton Home for the Aged in Ulverstone, and Coroneagh Park in Penguin.

There are no other confirmed cases of coronavirus in any of these three facilities. One resident, with mild respiratory symptoms, has been tested today. The results of this test are expected tomorrow.

PHS is working with these facilities to ensure they have appropriate plans and infection control procedures in place. Any staff who had close contact with the case when they may have been infectious will be quarantined.

Any resident or staff member displaying symptoms will be tested as a priority.

We understand that residents of these facilities, and their family members and loved ones, may be concerned at this news. We can assure the community that PHS is doing everything it can to work with the facilities to identify any other potential cases. There is currently no outbreak in any Tasmanian nursing home.

Since 6:00 pm last night, Tasmania has confirmed 11 cases of coronavirus.

This brings the State’s total to 180.

Ten of these are from the North West, one from the South.

Seven are women, and four are men.

Three of these are staff members of the NWRH and/or the North West Private Hospital.

Four are close contacts of a previously confirmed case linked to the North West outbreak.

Two cases are patients in the Mersey Community Hospital who were previously in the NWRH.

The follow-up of the two other cases is proceeding this evening.

The situation with coronavirus is changing regularly. People can stay up to date by visiting the Department of Health coronavirus website www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au or the Australian Government Department of Health website at www.health.gov.au.