Coronavirus Update 15 May

Jeremy Rockliff,Premier

Minister for Health

Tasmania has recorded 817 new cases overnight, with 785 people recovered and released from isolation in that time.

The total number of active cases currently stands at 6,090 and we now have more than 143,000 Tasmanians who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are currently 47 people in hospital with COVID and of these, 22 are being treated specifically for COVID. There is currently one person being cared for in the ICU.

Sadly, I can confirm that a man in his 60s has passed away at a residential aged care facility in the State’s North.

I extend my sincere condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of the man who has sadly passed away.

As I have said in recent weeks, we can unfortunately expect further deaths from COVID-19 as the occurrence and peak in COVID-19 deaths typically occurs up to a month after the peak in community cases. This reflects the later peak in illness among older persons and the clinical course of severe illness due to COVID-19.

That’s why the most important thing you can continue to do to protect yourself, your family and the community is to roll up your sleeves and get vaccinated when you are due.

If you haven’t already, make a booking with one of the many providers across the state and get your vaccination as soon as possible.

And continue following the COVID-safe behaviours – Practice good hand hygiene, follow social distancing, test when you have symptoms, stay home when you are unwell, and wear masks where required to do so.

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