Coronavirus update 27 March 2020

27 March 2020
Dr Scott McKeown, Acting Director of Public Health, Public Health Services

Coronavirus update

Tasmania has today confirmed 11 cases of coronavirus.

This brings the State’s tally to 58.

Five of the cases are from Northern Tasmania, four are from Southern Tasmania and two are from the North West.

Two of the cases are aged in their 20s. Two are aged in their 30s, two in their 40s, two are 50s, two in their 60s, and one in their 80s.

Seven of the cases are men; four are women.

One of the cases is a healthcare worker employed at the Mersey Community Hospital.

Public Health Services has initiated an investigation into this case in conjunction with the Tasmanian Health Service to ascertain the person’s movements at work and in the community to identify any close contacts. The person is fully cooperating with PHS staff.

Should any close contacts be determined through this investigation these people will be contacted by PHS.

An investigation is also continuing as to how the person caught coronavirus.

Of the other cases, eight are related to people who have been aboard cruise ships, These people had already been identified by PHS and were already in self-quarantine.

Two other cases are people who have recently travelled to Tasmania from overseas.

Tasmania has conducted 1779 tests.

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

Anyone requiring more information about coronavirus should contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.