28 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 is one (1) active case in the ACT.

A total of 109 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 in the ACT is now 48,573.

We all have a responsibility

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said all Canberrans needed to remember their responsibilities when it comes to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

“The pandemic is not over and we must remain vigilant,” Dr Coleman said.

“We all have a responsibility to make sure we are maintaining a physical distance from people and practicing good hygiene. This is good general advice to follow, regardless of where you are and what you are doing.

“We only need to have a look at what is happening in Victoria and NSW to see how the situation can change quickly if people don’t do the right thing.

“Our continued success in the fight against this virus relies on Canberrans maintaining this effort in the weeks and months ahead.”

Dr Coleman also again reminded everyone to stay home if they are unwell.

“You may think it’s just a cold, but you must stay home if you are unwell. Don’t go to work or to the shops. Go and get tested for COVID-19.”

Health advice on NSW

A Public Health Direction remains in place for a number of affected 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. This Public Health Direction is available on the ACT COVID19 website.

It is still a legal requirement under the Public Health Direction for someone who attended Batemans Bay Soldiers Club from Wednesday 15 July to Friday 17 July to self-quarantine. If you attended the Soldiers Club on the identified dates we are asking you to get in contact with ACT Health through the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 and encouraging you to get tested for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms.

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.