18 March 2020

The ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman, is advising that a third case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the ACT.

The individual is a female in her 70s and has been admitted to Canberra Hospital.

A positive test result was confirmed last night (17 March 2020).

ACT Health is undertaking appropriate public health action to understand further details of the individual’s possible source of exposure and to follow up with close contacts as a priority. This work is being conducted in line with national guidelines.

ACT Health will provide further information later today, as this detail becomes known by the Health Protection Service.

We encourage the community to continue to stay up to date on developments through ACT Government's COVID 19 website, www.covid19.act.gov.au and 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.

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