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Hotel Staff And Guests To Be Tested For Coronavirus

Written by on July 21, 2020

Staff and guests at a Hobart hotel will be offered testing for coronavirus after a young woman tested positive yesterday.

The Tasmanian woman, who was returning from Victoria and was in quarantine at the hotel, remains in the Royal Hobart Hospital in a stable condition having tested positive for coronavirus.

Public Health Services are leading a public health response to the case.

Acting Public Health Director Dr Scott Mckeown, speaking to media at a press conference on Tuesday, PHOTO: CHRIS KIDD (MERCURY POOL)

While the risk of transmission to other guests or staff is considered low due to the nature of quarantine requirements in the hotel, all guests at the hotel are being contacted directly, checked for symptoms and offered testing. This includes those guests who may have already checked out but were in residence at the same time as the positive case.

This is being done as a precaution only. Quarantine protocols in the hotel have been maintained.

The person was not considered to be infectious during their travel and transit to the hotel.

However, any person identified as a possible close contact, will be contacted by Public Health Services and testing will be arranged.

Given the person was in hotel quarantine, the risk of any spread to other people in the general community is considered low.

The advice for all Tasmanians however is to maintain awareness of symptoms and to be tested for coronavirus if you experience any cold or flu-like symptoms.

Premier Peter Gutwein. PHOTO: CHRIS KIDD (MERCURY POOL)

EARLIER:
There has been one new case of coronavirus confirmed in Tasmania.

This brings the State’s total to 227 cases.

The case is a young woman who has been in hotel quarantine after returning to Tasmania from Victoria.

The woman is currently receiving treatment at the Royal Hobart Hospital, and Public Health Services are conducting contact tracing.

Further information will be provided tomorrow.

Any Tasmanian with cold or flu-like symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, or fever should contact their GP or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange testing for coronavirus.

The situation with coronavirus is changing frequently. People can stay up to date by visiting the coronavirus website www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au or the Australian Government Department of Health website at www.health.gov.au

COVER PHOTO: CHRIS KIDD (The Mercury Pool)


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