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Media release – Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health, 25 January 2021 Public Health to contact travellers from NZ Tasmania’s Public Health Services is contacting persons recently arrived from New Zealand. This action follows the confirmation of a case of COVID-19 who was in the community in the Northland Region, Kaukapakapa and Helensville from […]

Media release – Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health, 25 January 2021

Public Health to contact travellers from NZ

Tasmania’s Public Health Services is contacting persons recently arrived from New Zealand. This action follows the confirmation of a case of COVID-19 who was in the community in the Northland Region, Kaukapakapa and Helensville from 14 to 22 January while they may have been infectious.

Anyone who is now in Tasmania who has reported being in New Zealand on or since 14 January will be contacted. If anyone does not receive contact from PHS by 9am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, they need to call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

The case tested positive for COVID-19 after leaving quarantine. The New Zealand Ministry of Health is investigating their source of infection.

A list of exposure locations is here: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania/travel-alert/_nocache

If you were at any of these locations on the specified date and time, please self-isolate and await a call from Public Health who will arrange testing and provide further advice.

Persons who are currently not in Tasmania but who apply to travel here and have recently been in New Zealand will be asked whether they have been at any of these locations. If they have been at any of these locations on the specified date and time they will require an exemption from the Deputy State Controller to enter Tasmania.

The experience of New Zealand is a reminder of how quickly and unexpectedly community risk from COVID-19 can arise, even in remote locations with no recent cases.

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If you have any cold or flu symptoms, even mild, contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange a test.

Visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au for the latest Tasmanian information.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/01/public-health-to-contact-travellers-from-nz/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=public-health-to-contact-travellers-from-nz

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