Covid Update: Two new cases recorded in NT 29 Nov

NT Government

The Northern Territory has recorded two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases from the NT outbreak to 58. These include:

· A female teenager from Binjari who is a household contact of a previously recorded case and has been in quarantine at the Centre for National Resilience (CNR) during her infectious period

· A female teenager from Binjari. She and her household contacts will be transported to the CNR today.

Binjari remains in hard lockdown and the COVID-19 testing regime has increased to every second day. Day 12 testing is being undertaken in Robinson River today.

More than 1,800 COVID-19 tests were processed across the NT yesterday. Since the Rapid Assessment Team arrived in Lajamanu on 27 November, 147 tests have been processed and all have returned a negative result.

There are currently 377 close contacts for cluster two. Of those, 370 have been contacted, are isolating and have returned a negative test.

Wastewater testing for the Bicentennial Road catchment site in Katherine remains a presumptive (weak) positive. Wastewater results for Lajamanu are expected later this evening, and testing is being undertaken for the neighbouring communities of Pigeon Hole and Yarralin. There have been no other unexpected positive wastewater testing results across the NT.

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.

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

The Katherine Hospital Pandemic Clinic (Drive-Through Testing Site) is open from 9am until 5pm.

The Katherine East Side Clinic is located in the Youth Outreach Building in the Eastside Shop Complex and is open from 9am to 5pm.

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

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

COVID-19 Vaccination

The vaccination rate in two communities in Central Australia have increased to above 70 per cent first dose. The communities are Engawala and Kaltukatjara (Docker River).

Rapid Assessment Teams are today continuing to provide COVID-19 vaccinations in the Lajamanu, Kalaringi and Yuendumu communities.

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 vaccine

· Check 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 regularly

· Do not go to work if you feel sick

· Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres where possible.

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