NT Covid update 13 January

NT Government

There were 550 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the Northern Territory until 8pm on 12 January 2022. Of these, 214 were positive cases from a Rapid Antigen Test.

This takes the number of active cases in the NT to approximately 3,000.

There are currently 24 patients in hospital, with 18 classified as acute hospital admissions, including one patient in ICU.

2,594 COVID-19 PCR tests were processed across the NT yesterday.

Amoonguna to enter lockout

Amoonguna will enter a lockout from midday today for at least five days to help control the spread of COVID-19. There are currently 16 cases of COVID-19 in Amoonguna.

In a lockout, those people who are fully vaccinated are able to live normally and access all services with proof of their vaccination status.

Those who are unvaccinated, including people who have received only their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, must stay at home for the lockout period and are only permitted to leave for the following reasons:

Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccinationFor essential goods and services, like groceries, power tokens and medicationsFor one hour of outdoor exercise a day within 5 km of your home with one other person or people from your houseTo provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves. In case of an emergency.

The lockout for Yuendumu and Yuelamu remains in place until at least midday, Saturday 15 January 2022.

Public health measures

To slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and reduce the rate of transmission, the following public health measures are in place across the Northern Territory:

· The Territory Vaccine Pass requires all people in the Northern Territory to show proof of their vaccination status to attend a range of businesses, venues, places and events.

· A Territory-wide indoor mask mandate.

· A lockout in Yuendumu, Yuelamu and Amoonguna.

Changes to NT COVID-19 testing regime

From today, the use of Rapid Antigen Testing will be expanded to make sure testing can be undertaken quickly and results are provided as soon as possible.

The NT COVID-19 testing procedure is to use a Rapid Antigen Test to confirm a positive diagnosis of COVID-19.

PCR tests will no longer be required to validate a Rapid Antigen Test result and will only be used if clinically required or requested by an authorised officer.

It is now mandatory for people who test positive for COVID-19 with a Rapid Antigen Test to register their result online using the Rapid Antigen Test Declaration Form here.

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