15 October 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 no active cases in the ACT.

A total of 110 cases have recovered from COVID-19 in the ACT.

There are no COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals.

The ACT has recorded three (3) deaths.

The number of negative tests recorded in the ACT is now 100,402.

Update on Flight QF1543 from Brisbane to Canberra on 7 October 2020

Yesterday, ACT Health advised that a woman in her 30s, who recently travelled from Townsville to Melbourne by air and tested positive to COVID-19, transited through Canberra Airport for a short period on 7 October 2020 (from 8.30-10.00am).

ACT Health has identified a small number of close contacts, who have all been contacted to quarantine until 21 October 2020 and advised to get tested for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure.

For the rest of the 91 passengers who were on the flight, the vast majority of whom have also been proactively contacted, as well as anybody who was in the Canberra Airport at Gate 13 or 14 during this period, we are asking that they watch for symptoms and if symptoms develop, isolate and get tested for COVID-19.

Although there is a low likelihood of virus transmission to Canberrans in this instance, as borders begin to open across Australia, this is a timely reminder that COVID-19 is still here and the situation can change quickly. Getting tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms is still the best way for us to keep abreast of the situation in the ACT, and also remains one of the best defences to keep ourselves and the community safe.

To keep Canberra strong we must also keep practising our other COVID safe behaviours, which together are the most effective defence against COVID-19:

  • Keep 1.5 metres apart whenever possible
  • Continue good hand and respiratory hygiene, and
  • Stay home if you are unwell.

Be vigilant travelling to and from Sydney

In recent days, the number of COVID-19 cases in Sydney has continued to increase. Any ACT residents who have travelled to NSW in the past 14 days must keep up to date with the latest NSW Health alerts on affected locations and health advice. Anyone who has recently travelled to Greater Sydney should be vigilant for even very minor COVID-19 symptoms, and immediately get tested and isolate at home if symptoms develop.

The list of locations in NSW where COVID cases have visited is frequently updated, so it is important to check regularly if you have travelled to NSW in the previous 14 days.

General information

ACT Health reminds anyone who has been outside the ACT to monitor the health website of the jurisdiction they visited for updates on where confirmed cases have spent time and where other alerts may be in place.

If you intend on travelling, please monitor the other jurisdiction’s website. The advice on affected areas is changing regularly, so keep up to date with the latest advice. Please be mindful and aware of how easily the virus spreads. Always be mindful of the ABC of COVID safe travel:

Avoid COVID-affected areas—check the COVID website of the state or territory you are travelling to. If you are welcoming relatives or visitors from interstate, please ask them not to come if they are coming from an area with a recent case or are feeling unwell.

Behave in a COVID-safe way—be vigilant with hand and respiratory hygiene, maintain physical distancing from other groups, and stay home if feeling unwell. Talk with your interstate visitors about keeping COVID-safe in the ACT.

Check back when you’re home—monitor the COVID website of the state or territory you visited for two weeks to see if they had any cases. Follow the website’s advice about testing and self-isolation. If you feel unwell with COVID symptoms while away or when you return, please get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get the result.

ACT residents returning from Victoria must continue to advise ACT Health before their arrival, preferably at least 72 hours before the intended travel date, and immediately quarantine for 14 days.

It is everyone’s responsibility to follow the health advice and do what we can to ensure we keep ourselves and the community safe. We continue to ask Canberrans to:

  • Keep 1.5 metres apart whenever possible
  • Continue good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • 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.