20 August 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 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 68,161.

Canberra to remain at Stage 3.1 of Recovery Plan

As a result of today’s COVIDSafe Checkpoint assessment, the Chief Health Officer has made the decision there will be no changes to restrictions in the ACT at this time.

While we are fortunate in the ACT to be in a good position, with no active cases and our last new case being five weeks ago, we do not exist in a vacuum. The situation can change quickly, either here or in our neighbouring jurisdictions. We are continuing to monitor the ongoing situation in neighbouring Victoria and NSW very closely.

The impact of this pandemic is going to be with the ACT community for a long time. It is likely that some level of restrictions will be needed and become our new normal, at least for some time.

We acknowledge ongoing restrictions are hard on our ACT community and local businesses, however it is critical we maintain these control measures to ensure we remain in a good position as we continue to respond to the Public Health Emergency. The worst thing for our community would be if we had to move backwards in our Recovery Plan due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the ACT.

The next COVIDSafe Checkpoint will be conducted in two weeks’ time.

The Minister for Health has today announced an extension of the Public Health Emergency in the ACT until 19 November 2020.

Visiting NSW

Any ACT residents who have visited the Sydney region and broader NSW should monitor the NSW Health website for updates on locations where confirmed cases have spent time while potentially infectious and follow any related instructions. This may include getting tested for even the mildest symptoms.

The advice on affected areas is also changing regularly so keep up to date with the latest advice. Please be mindful and aware of how easily the virus spreads. We continue to ask Canberrans to reconsider their need for any unnecessary travel, particularly to areas with COVID-19. We also encourage Canberrans not to invite friends and family from Greater Sydney to the ACT at this time.

Keep up to date with all the latest affected areas in NSW by visiting: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#self-isolate-and-get-tested-immediately

Remember that while travelling, it is your responsibility to maintain physical distancing and practice good hygiene, as well as to adhere to the rules of the jurisdiction to which you are travelling.

General information

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:

  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.