Coronavirus Update 8 April 2020

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

Coronavirus update

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

This brings the State’s tally to 107.

Eight of the cases are women; one is man. One is from Southern Tasmania and eight are from the North West.

One of the cases has recently returned to Tasmania from the United States.

Another case is a close contact of a previously identified case.

Three of the cases are healthcare workers who have worked at the North West Regional Hospital and/or the North West Private Hospital.

Four of the cases are patients who have recently received care at both NWRH and NWPH. These patients are now being cared for in the NWRH.

Public Health Services is deploying three staff, including a field epidemiologist, public health physician and public health nurse to support the Outbreak Management Team stood up by the Tasmanian Health Service to manage the outbreak.

The Outbreak Management Team is already identifying and contacting persons who had close contact with these staff and patients and will ensure necessary actions are taken

Public Health Services is following up household and social contacts of the cases.

If any hospital staff member or patient is determined to be a close contact of these cases, they will be contacted and advised of the action they need to take.

It may be necessary for other staff and patients to be tested for coronavirus as investigations progress. We will assess and test any symptomatic staff member or patient.

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