Fifth coronavirus case update - 14 March 2020

14 March 2020
Dr Scott McKeown, Acting Director of Public Health

Fifth coronavirus case confirmed

A man in his 60s has tested positive for coronavirus in Tasmania.

He is currently in a stable condition in the Royal Hobart Hospital.

It is Tasmania’s fifth confirmed case of coronavirus. The other four cases are stable and remain in isolation receiving medical care. This latest case is not related to either of the previous cases and is not due to local transmission in Tasmania.

The man travelled to Australia from North America and arrived in Tasmania on Tuesday 10 March.

Due to the period of time between his arrival in Tasmania and the onset of his symptoms, the man is not believed to be infectious on his flights.

Public Health Services has commenced identifying and contacting the man’s close contacts. These people will be required to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days and will receive daily follow up from PHS staff.

As of noon, 283 tests for coronavirus have been done in Tasmania, with five people testing positive.

Important information for the public:

  • The risk to Tasmanians from casual contact with a confirmed case is very low.  Close contacts with confirmed cases are being managed by Public Health.
  • Anyone who develops respiratory symptoms within 14 days of returning from overseas should self-quarantine and ring the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or contact your GP.  If you are experiencing extreme symptoms which require emergency treatment ring 000 or go to the emergency department.
  • All five cases of coronavirus in Tasmania have been associated with international travel and do not indicate community transmission.
  • People can help stop the spread of respiratory illness by washing their hands regularly with soap and water and covering sneezes and coughs with a tissue or their elbow.
  • The situation with coronavirus is changing regularly. People can stay up to date by visiting the Tasmanian Department of Health coronavirus website at http://www.health.tas.gov.au/coronavirus or the Australian Government Department of Health website at https://www.health.gov.au/.
  • Anyone requiring more information about coronavirus should contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Updated: 14 March 202 2.37pm