16 July 2020

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 39,545.

Updated health advice on New South Wales cases

The ACT Government is closely monitoring the situation in NSW. With the number of cases linked to the clusters in south-west Sydney increasing in recent days, as a precaution a new Public Health Direction will come into effect at 12 noon today.

This Direction will legally require anyone who has been in the affected locations identified by NSW Health, to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date they were there, even if they do not have any symptoms.

At this time, these locations are:

  • Crossroads Hotel in Casula – between Friday 3 July to Friday 10 July.
  • Planet Fitness in Casula – between Saturday 4 July and Friday 10 July.
  • Picton Hotel in Picton – on Saturday 4 July, Sunday 5 July, Thursday 9 July or Friday 10 July.

People who visited these locations on the specified dates are asked to get in contact with ACT Health through the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 so we can support individuals through their quarantine. These people are also encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 – even if they have no symptoms.

In addition, ACT residents are reminded not to travel to areas where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring in NSW. This includes Liverpool and Campbelltown areas of Sydney more broadly, where these clusters of cases are.

As we learn to live with COVID-19, we will see local outbreaks occurring. That’s why it’s important to stay up to date with the latest advice being issued by health authorities in the states and territories you are visiting. This is really important for people planning interstate travel. ACT residents are also reminded to always take appropriate precautions:

  • Maintain appropriate physical distancing measures.
  • Practise good hand and respiratory hygiene.
  • Take note of the locations you are in and at what times.

The pandemic is not over and we must continue to be vigilant.

The new Public Health Direction is available on the ACT COVID19 website.

Stay up to date on the situation in NSW at the NSW Health website.

General information

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.