12 July 2020

Confirmed cases update

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours, leaving the ACT’s total at 113.  There are five (5) active cases in the ACT.

A total of 105 cases have recovered from COVID-19 in the ACT.

There are no (0) COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals.

The ACT has recorded three (3) deaths.

The number of negative tests in the ACT is now 36,519.

ACT residents must quarantine when returning from Victoria

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman is reminding Canberrans who have been in Victoria within the past 14 days that they must notify ACT Health before returning to the ACT.

“ACT residents, both adults and children, wanting to return to the ACT from Victoria must notify ACT Health,” Dr Coleman said.

“We will work with you to understand what quarantine requirements you might have, including how long you need to quarantine for and what services exist that may help you during this period.

“Given the amount of community transmission in parts of Victoria, this quarantine period is critical in preventing the same situation from unfolding here in the ACT.

“If you have been in Victoria in the past 14 days and entered the ACT prior to the quarantine Directions being issued, I urge you to stay at home for 14 days from leaving Victoria and remain extremely vigilant for symptoms.

“I also encourage you to contact ACT Health so we can support you as much as possible during this time and help protect our community.”  For more information on the legal requirements for quarantine and for information for travellers entering the ACT please visit https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/news-articles/act-border-restrictions.

Non-ACT residents should not be travelling to the ACT from Victoria. Those who have an exceptional need to do so must apply for an exemption.  You can apply for an exemption to travel to the ACT from Victoria here www.covid19.act.gov.au/exemption-application.

To notify ACT Health of your intention to return, to apply for an exemption or to find out more about our border restrictions, you can visit covid19.act.gov.au, email covid.exemptions@act.gov.au or phone the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244.

Important information about Crossroads Hotel, Casula

The Crossroads Hotel in Casula has become a site of a concerning new cluster of COVID-19 cases.  There have now been six confirmed cases of COVID-19, including a staff member.  For further information visit www.health.nsw.gov.au.

“People currently in the ACT who may have visited the Crossroads Hotel between 3 and 10 July 2020 are urged to isolate immediately and get in touch with ACT Health. We will discuss your individual circumstances with you,” Dr Coleman said.

General information

ACT Health is continuing to take appropriate public health action in line with national guidelines.

We don’t want to go backwards so it is important people don’t become complacent or careless with their actions.

ACT residents should not travel to Victoria for any reason other than absolutely essential purposes. ACT residents returning to the ACT from Victoria are required to quarantine for 14 days.

We again ask Canberrans to remember four requirements in any situation they face in the coming weeks:

  1. Avoid large crowds;
  2. Keep 1.5 metres apart whenever possible;
  3. Continue good hand and respiratory hygiene; and
  4. Stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

The ACT Government has a dedicated COVID-19 website for all information about the health and economic response to the pandemic in the ACT. For further information visit www.covid19.act.gov.au.

The ACT Government also has a helpline to assist Canberrans through the challenges of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Helpline is (02) 6207 7244 and is available between 8am and 8pm daily.

We encourage all Canberrans to continue to stay up to date on developments through the COVID-19 website, ACT Health social media channels and by subscribing to our weekly newsletter at www.act.gov.au/our-canberra/subscribe-to-our-canberra.

People who are concerned and want further information on COVID-19, can also call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For details on how the ACT situation compares to other jurisdictions across Australia, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website. This information is updated daily.

You can apply for an exemption to travel to the ACT from Victoria here www.covid19.act.gov.au/exemption-application.