NT Covid update 15 January

There were 546 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the Northern Territory until 8pm on 13 January 2022. Of these, 296 were positive cases from a Rapid Antigen Test.

This takes the number of active cases in the NT to approximately 3,300.

There are currently 27 patients in hospital, with 20 classified as acute hospital admissions, including one patient in ICU.

1,689 COVID-19 PCR tests were processed across the NT yesterday.

Lockout extended for Yuendumu and Yuelamu

The lockout for Yuendumu and Yuelamu which was due to end tomorrow has been extended for a further five days until midday, Thursday 20 January 2022.

There are now a total of 43 cases from Yuendumu and Yuelamu. All cases and identified close contacts are in isolation, and further contact tracing is underway.NT Health teams are working to undertake testing across the community and provide the COVID-19 vaccination.

Public health measures

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

  • 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.

Children who are close contacts

Changes have been made to the Chief Health Office Directions in relation to children who are close contacts.

Children who are close contacts undertaking isolation, may leave isolation to attend childcare, pre-school or school if they:

  • Have no symptoms of COVID-19
  • The child has a daily Rapid Antigen Test before entering childcare, pre-school or school.

Children under the age of 18 are considered vaccinated for the purposes of isolation as close contact and will need to isolate for seven days.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever (temperature 37.5C or higher), chills or night sweat, cough, sore throat, tiredness, difficulty breathing, headache, muscle pain (myalgia), loss of smell, distortion of sense of taste (dysgeusia), nausea and vomiting, joint pain, loss of appetite or a runny nose and acute blocked nose (congestion).

COVID-19 testing

Everyone should get tested for COVID-19 if showing symptoms. A number of NT Rapid Antigen Testing and Distribution Points have been established. Individuals can collect RATs for free from NT distribution centres located in Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

It is critical all people check-in using The Territory Check In App everywhere, every time, no matter how long you are there for.

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

  • 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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