No covid cases today, but health chief says expect more

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THE ACT’s active COVID-19 total remains at five with no new cases recorded in the last 24 hours.

ACT chief health officer Dr Kerryn Coleman. Photo: Holly Treadaway

However ACT chief health officer Dr Kerryn Coleman says that given the situation in Victoria (another 216 cases and one death today), the ACT is likely to have more cases and everyone has a responsibility to minimise their potential exposure.

“It’s important to acknowledge that while we are in a very strong position in the ACT that this pandemic is still ongoing,” Dr Coleman said.

She also said people who had been in Victoria within the past 14 days must notify ACT Health before returning to the ACT, and encouraged them to do so now if they hadn’t already.

“ACT residents, both adults and children, wanting to return to the ACT from Victoria must notify ACT Health,” Dr Coleman said.

“We will work with you to understand what quarantine requirements you might have, including how long you need to quarantine for and what services exist that may help you during this period.

“Given the amount of community transmission in parts of Victoria, this quarantine period is critical in preventing the same situation from unfolding here in the ACT.

“If you have been in Victoria in the past 14 days and have already entered the ACT, I urge you to contact ACT Health as soon as possible so we can discuss your individual situation. We want to help you do the right thing for your community.”

Non-ACT residents should not be travelling to the ACT. Those who have an exceptional need to do so must apply for an exemption.

The number of negative tests in the ACT was 35,759.


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