Covid Update: No new cases recorded in NT, Lajamanu exits lockout

NT Government

7 December 2021

The Northern Territory has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with the total number of cases from the NT outbreak remaining at 61.

A male in his 50s with COVID-19 is currently in a stable condition at the RDH and has been transferred out of ICU.

There are currently 199 active close contacts for cluster two. Of these, all have been contacted and are isolating and 166 have returned a negative test.

Wastewater testing results for the Bicentennial Road catchment site in Katherine were again positive. The signal strength is higher than it has been for some time, indicating there may be additional undetected cases of COVID-19 in the community.

Lajamanu to exit lockout

Lajamanu exited lockout at midday today, December 7. There are now no restrictions on the reasons to leave home for people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Katherine, Binjari and Rockhole remain on track to exit lockout at midday tomorrow, December 8.

A mask mandate will remain in place in for Katherine, Binjari and Rockhole until midday on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Face masks must be worn outside of the home when you are unable to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres. Facemasks do not have to be worn while exercising or playing sport.

COVID-19 Vaccination

About 91 per cent of Territorians are fully vaccinated while more than 95 per cent have had their first dose.

All remote communities in the Top End, Big Rivers and East Arnhem Regions have a first dose vaccination rate above 70 per cent.

Territorians are reminded that any person travelling from Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs or interstate who enters a low-vaccination-rate remote community here (with a first dose vaccination rate under 70 per cent) will be required to receive a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test within the 72 hours before entering the community. A mask mandate is also in place for communities with a low vaccination rate.

COVID-19 testing

Almost 2,000 COVID-19 tests were processed across the NT yesterday. This includes more than 500 tests across Katherine and Binjari, with results expected tomorrow.

It is critical that anyone in the Territory who has symptoms gets tested for COVID-19 immediately to help prevent the spread of the virus.

The Katherine Hospital Pandemic Clinic (Drive-Through Testing Site) is open from 9am until 4:30pm. Bookings are preferred.

The Katherine East Side Clinic is located in the Youth Outreach Building in the Eastside Shop Complex and is open from 9am to 4:30pm. Bookings are preferred.

The Marrara Drive-Through Testing Site in Darwin is open from 10am to 6pm. Bookings are preferred.

COVID-19 testing sites are also open in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy. Testing is also available at NT Health clinics in remote communities.

To arrange a COVID-19 test please book online at here or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484

It is important all people in the NT check the COVID-19 website regularly to review the list of NT public exposure sites here.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in our communities, it is important for everyone to follow all health directions and vaccinations for all those eligible.

Book your COVID-19 vaccineCheck in using The Territory Check In App every time, everywhere If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19 Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularlyDo not go to work if you feel sickMaintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres where possible.

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