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Novel Coronavirus – Update 5 March 2020

Update: Thursday 5 March 2020

We are receiving regular advice from the Tasmanian Department of Health about the coronavirus and implications for our sites (schools, libraries, child and family centres and other offices).

In accordance with current national advice, the following people should self-isolate and remain their homes for 14 days:

  • Those who have been told by Public Health to stay in home isolation;
  • Those who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus;
  • Those have left or transited through mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan) or Iran in the last 14 days;
  • Those who have left any other country in the past 14 days for which the Australian Government recommends home isolation (this list of countries may change – check the Department of Health website for latest advice)

The Australian Department of Health has advised that the virus does still NOT pose a threat to the Australian community. Evidence also suggests that most people infected get better over a week or two, and it seems children usually only get mild illness, like a bad cold.

More information about coronavirus is available on the Tasmanian Public Health website.

A Fact Sheet for Schools and Families is also available.

If you have further questions please contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.