22 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 15,146 with 230 test results received in the past 24 hours.

Note: There will be no case updates issued over the weekend unless there are developments. The next COVID-19 update will be issued on Monday 25 May.

Get tested

“We have now tested over 15,000 Canberrans for COVID-19 which is a fantastic achievement,” Dr Coleman said.

“As I mentioned earlier this week, we are now averaging around 270 tests per day which more than double the around 100 tests before we expanded testing criteria a month ago.

“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 can also be an indicator.”

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.

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 newsletter at www.act.gov.au/our-canberra/subscribe-to-our-canberra.

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, as well as ACT Health social media channels.

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.