30 October 2020

Canberra returns to COVID-free territory again as active case recovers

| Michael Weaver
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There are currently no active cases of COVID-19 in the ACT. Photo: ACT Health.

The ACT is once again free from any active cases of COVID-19 after ACT Health confirmed today that the Territory’s 114th case has recovered and been released from isolation.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said it was pleasing that the ACT had returned to zero active cases, but urged the community not to become complacent.

“It is great to see our recent case of COVID-19 recover and become well again,” Dr Coleman said.

“While we have no active cases once again in the ACT, it is important that we all remember our responsibilities to keep ourselves and the community safe from COVID-19.

“The pandemic is not over and it is likely we will continue to see the occasional case here in Canberra.

“This means it is also important that everyone continues to get tested as soon as they experience any COVID-19 symptoms, however mild they may be, as testing is a critical part of our surveillance measures in place to detect any future cases.”

Almost 1600 ACT venues had registered to use Check-In CBR app which has been downloaded more than 28,000 times. It’s designed to make contact tracing easier for venues and patrons across the Territory.

Dr Coleman is also reminding the community to be COVID-safe while participating in Halloween celebrations this weekend.

“For those who don’t feel comfortable being door-knocked, or if your neighbourhood doesn’t already have a system for letting trick or treaters know if you want to be part of Halloween, please put a friendly notice on your front door asking trick or treaters not to knock,” she said.

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Keep the handling of treats to a minimum and consider individually wrapped treat bags or tongs to hand out treats.

Alternatives to trick or treating include:

  • getting a small group of friends together and set up decorated stalls in a backyard so children can visit each stall to trick or treat
  • plan an ‘Easter egg-style’ Halloween hunt for treats in a specific location
  • decorate your house, apartment or living space to turn it into a haunted house – cobwebs out of cotton balls, hair spray and string, and make spiders out of egg containers and pipe cleaners.

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