Coronavirus update 17 April 2020

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health, Public Health Services

Since 6pm last night, Tasmania has confirmed four cases of coronavirus.

This brings the State’s total to 184.

All of these are from the North West.

Three are women; one is a man.

One is aged in their 50s, one is aged in their 60s and two are aged in their 70s.

Two are healthcare workers who have worked at either the North West Regional Hospital or the North West Private Hospital. One is a former patient of the NWRH and one is a close contact of a confirmed case.

Test results of residents and staff in the three nursing homes in the North West where a healthcare worker had worked prior to testing positive are expected tomorrow.   

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.