Coronavirus update 28 March 2020

March 28, 2020
Dr Scott McKeown, Acting Director of Public Health, Public Health Services
Coronavirus update

The investigation into the coronavirus case of a healthcare worker employed at the Mersey Community Hospital has determined that the person in question spent no more than 30 minutes at work while they were infectious before a decision was made that they go home due to feeling unwell.

The investigation into how the healthcare worker contracted the infection is ongoing. A small number of people on the same shift have been identified as close contacts and are in quarantine and monitored by Public Health Services. The healthcare worker did not have close contact with any patients while they were infectious.

An Incident Management Team has been established at the Mersey Community Hospital, which includes Ambulance Tasmania. In addition to the new case announced in this morning’s press conference, three
further cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Tasmania today. This brings the State’s tally to 62.

One of the further cases is from the North West, one from Northern Tasmania and one from Southern Tasmania.

Two of the cases are related to recent overseas travel and one is linked to the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship.

Investigations into the new case announced this morning are still ongoing. Public Health Services is currently identifying and contacting all close contacts of these cases and ensuring quarantine arrangements and monitoring.

The situation with coronavirus is changing regularly. People can stay up to date by visiting the Tasmanian Government’s coronavirus website at or the Australian Government Department of Health
website at

Anyone requiring more information about coronavirus should contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.