16 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 100,630.

Please note: The daily COVID-19 Update will not be issued this weekend unless a case update is required or we have a significant announcement.

Be COVID Safe when voting on ACT Election Day

Ahead of the ACT’s Election Day, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman is reminding Canberrans voting tomorrow to remember their COVID Safe behaviours at polling locations.

“With COVID-19 still presenting a risk to the ACT, this Election Day will be a little different to previous ones. While many ACT residents have already voted, it is likely there will still be gatherings at polling places tomorrow,” Dr Coleman said.

“Elections ACT has a rigorous cleaning program at all polling stations, with hygiene officers wiping down surfaces regularly, including voting screens.

“However, it is still vital that everyone attending a polling location remembers to behave in a COVID Safe manner by maintaining physical distancing and practising good hand and respiratory hygiene.

“If you are heading to a polling location tomorrow, keep 1.5 metres apart from other people, ensure you follow directions from staff at the polling places, use the hand sanitiser provided, and while there’ll be single-use pencils available you can also bring your own pen or pencil should you wish to do so.”

Anyone who is feeling unwell and unable to attend a polling location tomorrow should contact Elections ACT on 6205 0033. This phone line will be staffed on Election Day. For further information, please refer to the Elections ACT website.

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.