19 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 41,890.

Returning to school

With children returning to ACT schools tomorrow ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman reminded people returning from interstate holidays to pay special attention to ACT Health advice.

“We are in a strong position in the ACT at the moment but we all need to work together as a community to ensure it stays that way,” Dr Coleman said.

“If you have been away from the ACT these school holidays then make sure you check the latest advice at www.covid19.act.gov.au.

“This is especially important for people who been in NSW, as the situation there is rapidly evolving.

“Even for those people who have stayed in the ACT during this holiday period, I remind you to stay vigilant, practice social distancing and good hygiene practices, and get tested if you have any symptoms.”

Health advice on NSW

The ACT Government is closely monitoring the situation in NSW. As part of our response, a new Public Health Direction has come into effect.

This Direction legally requires anyone who has been in some of 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:

  1. Crossroads Hotel in Casula - between Friday 3 July to Friday 10 July.
  2. Planet Fitness in Casula - between Saturday 4 July and Friday 10 July.
  3. 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.

This Public Health Direction is available on the ACT COVID19 website.

In addition to the above legal direction, the ACT Government also strongly advises anyone who visited the following locations to self-isolate immediately and get in touch with ACT Health through the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244:

Plus Fitness in Campbelltown - from 9am to 10am, Saturday 11 July

Thai Rock Restaurant in Wetherill Park - Thursday 9 July, Friday 10 July, Saturday 11 July, Sunday 12 July or Tuesday 14 July

Batemans Bay Soldiers Club bistro - from 7pm to 9.30pm on Monday 13 July

These people are also encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms.

The ACT Government is also reminding anybody who was at the Wests Leagues Club in Campbelltown between 8pm and midnight on Friday 10 July and between midnight and 2.30am on Sunday 12 July, to self-isolate immediately and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you were at the Wests Leagues Club at the above times and you get a COVID-19 test, please stay at home until you get your results. If your test is negative you are not required to stay in self-isolation, but if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms you should get tested again.

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.

Further health advice on Batemans Bay and the evolving situation in NSW

Anyone who attended the BIG4 Batemans Bay East Caravan Park on Monday 13 July and Tuesday 14 July should monitor their health closely and if symptoms of COVID-19 develop, no matter how mild, self-isolate and get a COVID-19 test.

The situation in NSW is an evolving one and the advice and affected locations in NSW can change quickly. It is important that Canberrans, particularly those who have recently travelled into NSW, stay up to date on the latest advice from NSW via the NSW Health website.

General information

We again ask Canberrans to remember four requirements 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.