03 September 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 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 80,557.

Fathers Day

With Fathers Day this Sunday, the Chief Health Officer acknowledges that many Canberrans will want to enjoy spending time with their fathers.

“Fathers Day is very special to many people and the pandemic should not stop people sharing the day with their fathers,” Dr Kerryn Coleman said.

“Please remember that elderly people are more vulnerable to illness. Please don’t visit if you are feeling unwell and practise good hand and respiratory hygiene.

“If you go out, make sure your family group keeps at least 1.5 metres away from other groups to reduce the chance of people who don’t know each other mingling.

“Where fathers or grandfathers live in a residential aged care facility, you may still be able to visit and may even be able to take your loved one out for an excursion. Many residential aged care facilities allow residents to attend small family gatherings if those gatherings are in line with limits on gathering sizes and where everyone practises social distancing and maintains hand and respiratory hygiene.

“Please check with the residential aged care facility to discuss what visiting and excursion arrangements are allowed.

“If you are travelling to NSW to visit your father, please check the NSW health website first to for updates on hotspots where you should not be visiting. Canberrans are strongly advised not to travel to Greater Sydney at this time,” Dr Coleman said.

For more information about visits to or from residential aged care facilities, visit the ACT COVID-19 website.

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 locations where confirmed cases have spent time while potentially infectious and where alerts may be in place. Please adhere to the health advice on those websites. In particular, take note of the latest areas in Queensland and NSW.

Likewise, if you intend travelling, please monitor the 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.

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.