Fourth confirmed case of COVID-19


Released 19/03/2020

The ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman, has this afternoon provided an update on the fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the ACT.

The individual is a female in her 20s. She recently returned from overseas where we believe she has been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

She has complied with self-quarantining directions for travellers returning from overseas and is now isolating with ACT Health support.

A small number of household close contacts have been identified and contacted this afternoon.

There are also a number of travel close contacts we are working to identify.

Travel close contacts:

ACT Health has identified one international flight and one domestic flight, where potential exposure may have occurred as the individual has travelled back to Canberra from overseas. ACT Health will be working with national authorities to identify individuals who are close contacts as a priority. We are alerting any Canberrans while this work is underway.

  • People in rows 71-75 on flight QF94 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, which arrived at 8.30am on 17 March, are considered close contacts.

  • People in rows 15-19 of QF2130 from Melbourne to Canberra, departing at noon and arriving at 1.30pm on 17 March, are considered close contacts.

Any Canberrans sitting in these rows are asked to quarantine themselves and call the Communicable Disease Control Section of ACT Health on (02) 5124 9213 for further advice.

Anyone else travelling on these flights in other rows are not considered to be a close contact, and as a precaution, should monitor their health until 31 March. Self-quarantine is not required.

ACT Health is continuing to take appropriate public health action in line with national guidelines.

There are currently four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the ACT, with 1,853 negative tests so far.

For people who are being asked to self-quarantine, there is comprehensive advice on the ACT Health website (www.health.act.gov.au), which we ask you to follow.

We also encourage all Canberrans to continue to stay up to date on developments through the website and ACT Health social media channels.

People who are concerned and want further information on the virus, can also call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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