5 May 2020

No new COVID-19 cases, ACT Health clarifies recent diagnoses

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Nurse at Weston Creek Walk-in Centre

Almost 8000 negative COVID-9 tests have been administered in the ACT. Photo: Canberra Health Services.

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours. The ACT’s total is still 106, after two positive diagnoses were made late last week.

ACT Health has offered further clarity on the likely causes of the two new diagnoses and one has been re-classified as no longer under investigation.

Authorities say that they are now confident that a man in his 60s acquired the virus overseas as a result of travel on a cruise ship. They say they are confident that there is no risk to the community as “the man did all the right things since returning to Canberra”.

One COVID-19 case, announced yesterday, is still under investigation. This case is a young adult female and ACT Health believes the diagnosis is likely related to overseas travel. The individual has been isolating and ACT Health is working with a small number of close contacts. They say there is no risk to the wider community.

A total of 99 cases have now recovered from COVID-19 in the ACT and have been released from self-isolation. There is currently one COVID-19 patient in a Canberra hospital in a stable condition. The remaining cases are isolating at home with ACT Health support.

The ACT has recorded three deaths and there have been 7886 negative tests.

Meanwhile, there has been a single new COVID-19 diagnosis in the neighbouring Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) where a man in his 60s has returned a ‘low positive’ test. He is being treated in the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital. Authorities say that further confirmatory testing is underway but this brings the total of MLHD cases to 46.

There are no new reported cases in the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) although the confirmed total has risen by one after a confirmed case who was isolating in another region relocated to the area after being released from isolation.

Fifty-four cases of COVID-19 have been formally identified within the District. There are currently two active COVID-19 cases, one in the Goulburn Mulwaree and one in Eurobodalla Shire. None of the SNSWLHD confirmed cases have required hospitalisation. Across the District there are 51 ‘recovered cases’ no longer under active surveillance by the public health unit in either a hospital or in the community.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman thanked the Canberra community for showing care on Anzac Day.

“Thank you to everyone for your efforts in helping us continue to flatten the curve particularly on Anzac Day. It was so wonderful to see everyone still connecting on this important day and commemorating Anzac Day even with physical distancing measures in place.

“I know our health care workforce are particularly grateful for the cooperation we are seeing across the ACT this weekend.

“Please keep up the good work for the remainder of the weekend. Take time to relax, watch a movie, spend time with your immediate family at home, or catch up online with friends.”

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 now live and will operate on 02 6207 7244 between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm 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.

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