28 May 2020

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours. The ACT’s total is still 107.

The number of negative tests in the ACT is now 16,962 with 494 test results received in the past 24 hours.

Testing numbers

“The past 48 hours has been our busiest period of testing since we began local testing for COVID-19 in the ACT in February,” ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said.

“A significant portion of our high test figures over the last two days has been from testing conducted on our returned Australians who have been in hotel quarantine since last Friday.

“The decision to conduct voluntary testing for our returned Australians, who will finish their two-week quarantine periods at midnight tomorrow, was based on the National Guidelines for testing. All returned negative results.

“Although it has been over three weeks since our last active case in the ACT, I remind the community that testing remains the best way for us to know if COVID-19 is active in the community.

“If you’re feeling unwell, please get tested. Either call your general practitioner or present at one of the designated testing sites.

“Symptoms can vary between patients. The most common symptoms can include fever, shortness of breath, sore throat and cough. Additionally, sudden onset of loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite.”

General information

ACT Health is continuing to take appropriate public health action in line with national guidelines.

Restrictions have eased but your responsibilities haven’t.

We know people are eager to leave their homes and it is understandable that people want to get out and about, however we must remember that it only takes one person with COVID-19 to come into contact with others to create a cluster and potentially start a new wave of COVID-19. We don’t want to go backwards so it is important people don’t become complacent or careless with their actions.

Staying at home as much as possible and avoiding large crowds is still the best way to protect yourself, and your family, from any potential risk of infection.

We again ask Canberrans to remember four requirements in any situation they face in the coming weeks:

  • Avoid large crowds – gather in groups of no more than 10 people;
  • Keep 1.5 metres apart whenever possible;
  • Continue good hand and respiratory hygiene; and
  • Stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

The ACT Government has established 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 has also established a helpline to assist Canberrans through the challenges of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Helpline is 02 6207 7244 and open between 8am and 8pm daily.

We encourage all Canberrans to continue to stay up to date on developments through the COVID-19 website, ACT Health social media channels and by subscribing to our weekly newsletter at www.act.gov.au/our-canberra/subscribe-to-our-canberra.

People who are concerned and want further information on the virus, can also call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For details on how the ACT stats compare to other jurisdictions across Australia, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website. This information is updated daily.