Tasmania records new daily record for COVID cases since the borders were reopened

In the 24 hours to 8pm last night, Tasmania recorded 428 new cases bringing the total number of cases to 938. There are currently only three patients who have been admitted into hospital, one of which is in for other medical reasons not related to COVID. There are currently no COVID patients in the ICU or being ventilated.

“Of our total case count the vast majority of cases are experiencing only mild symptoms and around 20 per cent are choosing not to utilise the covid@home program as they are not symptomatic and are in relatively good health.” Said Premier, Peter Gutwein.

“People are also now recovering and being released each day which reduces the number of active cases.”

“From today positive cases will be released after 7 days from the date of their positive test if they are no longer symptomatic – subject to approval from Public Health. They should not visit high risk settings and should wear a mask for their next 7 days.”

“Unlike some other jurisdictions we have kept our density limits and gathering restrictions in place which will continue to serve us well – as long as people follow the rules.”

“It is important that we all continue to socially distance and if possible use outdoor environments when you can.”

“Remember to wash your hands and stay home if not well and get tested if you have symptoms. Use the Check-in Tas App when you are out and wear your mask if indoors outside of your home.”

“This message is of real importance to our younger Tasmanians as more than 85 per cent of our cases are aged under 50 years of age and more than 60 per cent are in the 20 to 39 year age group.”

“Today, we move to our new definition of close contacts following advice from AHPPC to ensure there is not undue pressure on people to quarantine when their risk of infection is low.”

“This approach focuses on close contacts being identified as household or household-like contacts being required to quarantine. It also includes situations where a significant transmission event has occurred at a site or venue, depending on the nature of the exposure.”

“There is no doubt that that there is very high demand on testing across Australia including Tasmania, and it is important we continue to prioritise PCR testing for those who are symptomatic, and those who have undertaken RAT tests with positive results.”

“To ensure this happens, we are making Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) freely available for those who require them under our rules.”

“We are also working with Australia Post for post offices to be a distribution network across the State which will be important for many rural Tasmanian communities.”

“Health will prioritise those who are eligible for a RAT, with eligible people to receive a text to turn up and collect a RAT. Please do not turn up unless you are asked to do so.”

“I encourage all Tasmanians to remain confident – while case numbers are high all of the evidence is that this is a much less severe disease and if you follow the rules, use some common sense we will navigate our way through this as we have done so in the past.”

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