Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

23 May 2020

Sarah Courtney, Minister for Health

Next Steps in Tasmania's Testing

The health, safety and wellbeing of Tasmanians is the Government’s number one priority as we continue to deal with COVID-19.

We have now delivered almost 24,000 tests, but maintaining a strong COVID-19 testing response is going to be crucial as we look to cautiously remove restrictions into the future.

This is why the Government will be renewing our testing focus over the coming weeks, with more mobile testing sites and new cohort categories for targeted testing.

This weekend there are mobile testing sites at George Town, Oatlands and Nubeena, with the following weekend to host clinics at Dunalley, Triabunna, Rosebery and Queenstown, and Deloraine.

On top of these clinics, I am delighted to announce that from next Tuesday we will also be delivering new pop-up mobile clinics in Mowbray (at the Racecourse) and Glenorchy (at the Derwent Entertainment Centre).

Sorell and Prospect will host pop-up clinics in the following week, with more details to be provided as soon as possible.

These clinics will operate from Tuesday to Thursday from 10am in the morning, with no bookings required so that Tasmanians have the easiest possible access to testing in their local community.

We are also pushing to expand testing with more cohort categories, in addition to our core testing focus of people with symptoms, which will now include:

  • All persons presenting with respiratory symptoms, or with history of recent respiratory symptoms (within the last 7 days)
  • All hospital patients who are being discharged to residential aged care facilities (mandatory)
  • Healthcare Workers who are symptomatic (mandatory) or asymptomatic (voluntary)
  • Close contacts between days 10-12 of quarantine periods (voluntary, from next week)
  • Non-essential travellers between days 10-12 of quarantine periods (voluntary, from next week)

Tasmanians have been doing a great job at following the rules and getting themselves tested, but we want to see even more.

Any Tasmanian with cold or flu-like symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, or fever should contact their GP or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

We will continue to do whatever we can to keep Tasmanians safe.

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