Key generic steps – the health unit responsible will consult to calibrate the actual response:
- If any person is suspected of being infected by COVID-19, they should be isolated and the Tasmanian health hotline contacted on 1800 671 738. The medical staff on that line will work with management to help coordinate and facilitate the response
- In consultation with the medical staff, contact between the patient and others will be traced and contacts classified as close or casual. Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 should also be isolated. Testing of ‘close contacts’ may be required
- Depending on risk assessment following contact tracing, the medical staff will make recommendations on next steps
- Isolation and disinfection of areas within which the confirmed case of COVID-19 is required. Both detergent and disinfectant must be consistent with requirements of Tasmanian Health.
- Further information is available on the Tasmanian Department of Health website:
More specific information on COVID-19 can be accessed at the following national web links.
- Commonwealth Department of Health COVID-19 hotline 1800 020 080
- National Guidelines
- COVID-19 resources for health professionals, including pathology providers and healthcare managers (resource on management of suspected and confirmed cases, cleaning and disinfection): https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources and https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/coronavirus-COVID-19-resources-for-health-professionals-including-pathology-providers-and-healthcare-managers
- For reporting and advice on contact with a suspected or confirmed case, phone the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline, 1800 671 738.
- Tasmanian Health can also be contacted on1800 671 738 to help establish a site specific response plan.
Note: PPE should be ready and available at each site to mitigate the risk of transmission where a worker is suspected of infection with COVID-19 and during the disinfection of facilities before return to work.