20 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 three (3) active cases in the ACT.

A total of 107 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 42,391.

Quarantine advice for Soldiers Club at Batemans Bay

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman has advised that from 12 noon today, 20 July 2020 anyone who attended the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club on Monday 13 July and Wednesday, 15 July through to Friday 17 July will be legally required to self-quarantine immediately for 14 days from the date of their visit. We also strongly recommend anybody who visited Batemans Bay Soldiers Club on the above datesget tested for COVID-19, and contact ACT Health for advice so they can be supported in their quarantine. Even if you test negative you are still required to self-quarantine until 14 days from the date of your visit at the Soldiers Club.

“With many Canberrans returning from the south coast after the school holidays we are keen to ensure anyone who has been in this location on the dates specified by NSW Health follows the advice to self-quarantine and get tested. Contact the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 if you have attended the Soldiers Club last week.

“ACT Health is working closely with its NSW counterparts to contact trace anyone in the club over those days but I would urge anyone who has not yet been contacted and was in the Club to follow this advice.

“Anyone who was not at the club but holidaying in Batemans Bay is asked to be vigilant with their health and to get tested if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild.

A reminder that symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. Less common symptoms are loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.

“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.

The situation is rapidly evolving so it is important any Canberrans who have been travelling in New South Wales recently to monitor the latest NSW Health Advice.

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

Health advice on NSW

Canberrans are reminded that a Public Health Direction is in place for a number of locations in NSW. 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. Batemans Bay Soldiers Club – Monday 13 July, Wednesday 15 July to Friday 17 July
  2. Crossroads Hotel in Casula – between Friday 3 July to Friday 10 July.
  3. Planet Fitness in Casula – between Saturday 4 July and Friday 10 July.
  4. 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 has visited locations identified by NSW Health to follow the advice being provided by the New South Wales authorities. The situation is rapidly evolving, so keep up to date the latest NSW Health Advice.

ACT residents are reminded not to travel to areas where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring in NSW.

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.

The ACT Government would also like to remind Canberrans that the existing advice regarding Victoria remains in place – if you have been to Victoria within the past 14 days you must notify ACT Health before returning to the ACT. For more information on the legal requirements for quarantine and for information for travellers entering the ACT please visit https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/news-articles/act-border-restrictions.