Contact tracing and testing response continues in Tasmania

Peter Gutwein,Premier

The Tasmanian Government’s number one priority is to keep Tasmanians safe and secure, and confirmation yesterday of a positive case of COVID-19 in hotel quarantine in Launceston is another important reminder that this pandemic is not over.

Work has continued overnight on contacting people who may have come into contact with the 31-year-old man, who has since left the State and returned to New South Wales.

Our hard-working contact tracing teams have identified more than 160 people in that category, including around 100 on the Melbourne to Launceston flight the man travelled on the 2nd of August.

All contacts are being required to undertake testing, and depending on their circumstances and risk assessment, may be required to quarantine for up to 14 days from the time of their contact with the case.

Pleasingly, there were a record 1643 tests conducted yesterday and overnight, with all test results coming back negative to date. This includes occupants on the same floor in the quarantine hotel where the man stayed, as well as staff working at the hotel who undergo daily saliva testing and weekly PCR testing as part of our requirements for those working at hotel quarantine facilities. We understand more than 90 per cent of those workers have also been vaccinated.

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