Continuing our transition to live with Covid 23 January

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Health

The health and safety of Tasmanians has been our number one priority since day one of the pandemic and this will continue as we transition to living with COVID-19.

Tasmania recorded 625 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with 721 people recovered and released from isolation in that time.

There are now 5650 active cases currently in Tasmania, with 18768 people recovered and released from isolation.

There are 39 people in hospital with COVID and of these, 16 are being treated specifically for COVID.

Three are being cared for in the ICU, with two currently being ventilated.

While it is positive to see case numbers continue to decline, we are not through this wave yet, and we will continue to keep Tasmanians informed at every step as the situation progresses.

Pleasingly, our advice from the Department of Health is that the outbreak at the Mersey Community Hospital is now controlled, with no new cases recorded overnight, and over 250 tests now completed- with more than 100 people now tested twice.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation at the Mersey and provide updates where required.

While we continue to progress well through this transition phase, the evidence remains clear that the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your loves ones, is to get vaccinated.

If you haven’t had your first or your second dose, or if you’re due for your booster, please make a booking as soon as possible.

Just over 32 per cent of Tasmanians have now had their booster shot, and it’s vitally important we continue to push this number up as high as possible to ensure people are fully protected from serious illness or death from COVID-19.

And while vaccinations for children are not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged, and just over 33 per cent of 5-11 year olds have now received their first dose.

There are bookings available for every child between 5-11 years old to receive their first dose before school returns, so if you haven’t done so already, make a booking as soon as possible.

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