22 October 2020

Confirmed cases update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours, bringing the ACT’s total to 114. There is one active case 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 103,205.

Information on new case

A new case of COVID-19 has been detected in a man in his 70s, who is a returned overseas traveller.

The man is a diplomat who returned from overseas on 9 October. He flew into Sydney International Airport and travelled to Canberra by private vehicle. He did not stop en route to the ACT and has been quarantining since his return to the ACT.

He underwent a test at Day 10 of his quarantine period which returned a positive result. The man is being supported by ACT Health.

ACT Health is following up two contacts of this individual and is managing them in accordance with National Guidelines. While we believe the risk to these contacts is low in this instance, we are taking a cautious approach.

The circumstances of this new case demonstrates that our quarantine system here in the ACT is working well to protect the Canberra community from COVID-19.

But it is another timely reminder that COVID-19 still poses a risk to the ACT and the situation can change quickly.

Continue to be vigilant when travelling to and from Sydney

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.

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 ask Canberrans to:

  • Keep 1.5 metres apart from people or groups you don’t know
  • 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.