Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health provides an update on the current situation unfolding in Victoria and NSW
Tasmanian Public Health officials have continued to monitor the COVID-19 situations in Victoria and NSW throughout the holiday period. They are using the latest information to assess the risk and make appropriate changes to advice and restrictions to protect the Tasmanian community.
Further cases have been identified in Victoria as part of an outbreak linked to the Smile Buffalo Thai Restaurant in Black Rock. So far, all cases either ate at the restaurant on 21 December or were direct or indirect contacts of cases who ate there.
In response to this, Tasmania has designated certain premises in Victoria as high risk premises. These are listed here.
Anyone who was at those high risk premises at the specified dates and times will not be allowed to enter Tasmania for at least 14 days after their last time at the premises, unless approved by the Deputy State Controller.
It should be noted that these people are already subject to mandatory quarantine in Victoria.
Victorian Health officials are working very hard and effectively to trace all contacts of their recent cases. Contacts are subject to testing and isolation or quarantine requirements in Victoria.
As Victorian investigations and responses proceed, new information will result in changes to lists of potential exposure settings.
A longer list of premises visited by cases in this cluster is available here. If you are now in Tasmania and have been in Victoria since 20 December please check this list every day.
If you have been at any of the Victorian sites at the specified dates and times, contact the Tasmanian Public health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice.
Tasmania currently lists the Greater Sydney region and the Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) as medium risk locations. This means that persons who were in these locations in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are required to enter quarantine, usually at home or a suitable premises.
While case numbers have declined significantly in much of Sydney, the Northern Beaches LGA remains designated as a high-risk location for the time being.
The most recent cluster of cases in Sydney has involved transmission related to the BWS Berala premises, in Western Sydney. NSW Health is undertaking intense contact tracing and testing of people who have visited this liquor store between 22 and 31 December.
If you are now in Tasmania and have been in NSW since 20 December please check the NSW Health list of potential exposure settings https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates every day.
If you have been at any of the NSW sites at the specified dates and times, contact the Tasmanian Public health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice.
Please remember if you experience any symptoms, even if they are mild, contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange a test.