Tasmania COVID-19 updates


This page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available for GPs in Tasmania. 

The information on this page was last updated: Thursday 23 April 2020, 11.00 am AEST

You can also find nationally relevant information via the RACGP Coronavirus (COVID19) information for GPs webpage

For up-to-the-minute information, visit the Australian Federal Government Department of Health website and subscribe to receive the bi-weekly COVID-19 newsletter for GPs from the Chief Medical Officer.


There are 205 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tasmania with no new cases reported in the past 24 hours. There are currently 132 cases in the North West region. To date there have been eight deaths recorded in Tasmania (seven in the North West region).

There are 895 monitored close contacts in isolation of which 700 people are staff of health and aged care facilities in the North West Tasmania region. Confirmed cases are considered infectious for 48 hours before symptom onset, and for 24 hours after resolution of symptoms. 


For patients in the North West Tasmania region (and those who have travelled through the region at any time in the past 14 days) please refer for testing any patients with any cold or flu-like symptoms (including mild symptoms), e.g. fever, rhinorrheoa, cough, sore or itchy throat and shortness of breath. 

  • Increased testing capacity is available statewide and testing criteria have broadened.
  • Treat all patients being tested as suspect cases and instruct them to remain in isolation until they have received their results.
  • For patients who have very high, high or moderate risk due to potential exposure, please refer to Tasmanian Health Service (THS) Respiratory Clinics for testing,
  • There have been changes in THS Respiratory Clinic locations – see below a list of THS Respiratory Clinics.

Region

Open hours

Clinic address

Fax number

Burnie

1000 – 1800 hrs

Parkside Building
1 Strahan Street, South Burnie

Fax: 03 6464 1958

Devonport/Latrobe

1000 – 1800 hrs

Devonport Recreation Centre
accessed from John Street, East Devonport

Fax: 03 6441 5950

Launceston

1000 – 1800 hrs

Allambi Health Centre
33-39 Howick Street, Launceston

Fax: 03 6777 5144

Hobart

1000 – 2200 hrs

Princes Wharf 1,
Castray Esplanade, Hobart

Fax: 03 6173 0842


Contact Public Health Services on 1800 671 738.

People in the community can call the Public Health Hotline 1800 671 738 if they think they might have COVID-19 because they have a fever and respiratory symptoms (eg cough, sore throat) AND have recently travelled overseas or had contact with someone known to have COVID-19.

PHN

Phone

Email

Website

Tasmania Primary Health

1300 653 169

info@primaryhealthtas.com.au

http://www.primaryhealthtas.com.au/


The Tasmanian Health Service has established a COVID-19 clinic in Hobart in the Repatriation Hospital. This clinic is not a walk in clinic and is only available via referral from a GP.

People in the community who think they may need testing should first contact the Public Health Hotline, on 1800 671 738. Following this assessment, they may be directed to attend the clinic for testing.


Upcoming webinars:
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RACGP Tasmania

Phone: (03) 6212 5888

Email: RACGPTasmania@racgp.org.au

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