04 May 2020

There has been one new case of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours. The ACT’s total is now 107.

The individual is a female in her 20s who acquired the infection overseas. She did everything she was supposed to do when she returned to Australia.

ACT Health does not believe this individual has been infectious since returning to the broader community but has identified a small number close contacts as a highly precautionary measure.

A total of 103 cases have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation.

There are no (0) COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals.

The ACT has recorded three (3) deaths.

The number of negative tests in the ACT is now 9521.

Further information on new case

ACT Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Vanessa Johnston said this most recent case developed COVID-19 while overseas some time ago.

“We are confident there has been no risk to the broader ACT community,” Dr Johnston said.

“This individual was symptomatic while overseas and then spent 14-days in self-quarantine after returning home. They were not tested during their self-quarantine period because their symptoms had resolved prior to their return to Australia.

“Recently this individual presented for testing after developing new cold-like symptoms and returned a low positive result. Further testing has also confirmed the presence of a common respiratory virus.

“Our investigation identified that this person has not been infectious since before finishing their self-quarantine.”

Dr Johnson reminded Canberrans to continue practising physical distancing and excellent hygiene, and to get tested if they have any symptoms.

“While we are in a very good position here in the ACT this is a good reminder that we will continue to see more cases,” Dr Johnston said.

“That’s why it’s important that we all act cautiously even as restrictions start to be eased. That means keeping a good distance between yourselves and others while you are out and about, and also making sure you wash your hands regularly.

“I also want to encourage anybody with symptoms to go and get tested. The more people that get tested the better chance we have of identifying any undetected cases that might be in our community.”

General information

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

It’s important for Canberrans to remain calm and keep informed, and to keep focussed on the practical things we can all do to protect ourselves, our families and the most vulnerable in our community.

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, 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.