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Tasmania

TAS Department of Health

Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania – 1800 671 738 | www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au
Tasmania Aged Care Emergency Operations Centre – email aceoc@health.tas.gov.au 

 

Latest News

4 May: Management of Close Contacts
New public health information about COVID-19 and close contact requirements has been distributed to GPs and other primary care providers in Tasmania. Close contacts of COVID-19 cases will no longer be required to quarantine. The quarantine requirement will be replaced by close contact rules that must be followed for seven days to reduce any risk of potential spread of COVID-19.

Close contacts can leave home if they have no symptoms and return a negative test when notified they are a close contact. They must do the following for seven days:

  • test for COVID-19, daily if they plan to leave home

  • wear a face mask in all indoor settings when outside the home

  • not attend high-risk settings, unless as a critical worker and an exemption is in place – read about exemptions

  • inform their workplace that they are a close contact.

There are no changes to requirements for positive cases – isolation requirements remain in place for anyone who has received a positive RAT or PCR test result.

29 April: Tasmania's close contact rules to be eased from 2 May.
Jeremy Rockliff, the Premier Minister for Health released a statement on 27 April with updated information on the close contact rules for Tasmania and the relaxing of guidelines. Read the statement here.

30 March: Direction change under Section 16 – No.3 (Additional vaccination requirements for workers in certain settings)
On 29 March 2022, the Director of Public Health extended the date for compliance with booster vaccination requirements outlined in the Public Health Direction- Additional vaccination requirements for workers in certain settings – No 3 for workers in Aged Care facilities and disability support workers to 23 April 2022. This replaces the earlier commencement date of 1 April 2022. See aged care update here.

30 March: Extension to the mandatory vaccination requirement - now 23 April, 2022
There is a change to the effective date for workers in aged care and disability to have a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The additional vaccination requirement is now effective from Saturday 23 April. Cases of COVID-19 in the community have significantly increased recently. Subsequent quarantine and isolation requirements has significantly impacted upon the aged care workforces availability to obtain booster vaccinations. People required to comply with the Direction, Additional vaccination requirements for workers in certain settings are workers in residential aged care facilities, in-home and community aged care and certain disability support workers. The requirement means that workers who are due for a booster dose need to ensure that they have received it within four weeks of their due date. Workers need to provide their vaccination status to their employer before the 23 April and ensure they get the booster dose within 4 weeks of being due. Book a booster vaccine appointment online or phone the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. If you have any queries about this information, please email pheoc.publicinfo@health.tas.gov.au or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

25 March 2022: Reminder – Booster vaccinations required for TAS workers
A reminder that booster vaccinations are required for all TAS residential, in home and community aged care workers next week. The Department of Health has distributed e-lerts to residential aged care managers and IPC leads, and to home and community care providers, to support workers to get their boosters. This is required in Tasmania from Friday 1 April under public health directions.

A set of 3 posters are also available for display in your facilities to support staff with relevant information.

12 March 2022: Public health information about COVID-19 and additional vaccination requirements
The Tasmanian Department of Health has adopted recommendations from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) to require residential aged care workers, in-home and community aged care workers, and disability workers to be up to date with their vaccinations against COVID-19. From 1 April 2022 residential and home care aged workers must receive a booster under the Public Health Direction

10 March 2022: Dedicated Vaccination Hubs for care workers
The Department of Health has provided an updated list of dedicated vaccination hubs for the aged care workforce, as at 10 March. It is important that workers and providers understand that these hubs are time limited. If these hubs offer a more convenient option for getting booster vaccinations, please ensure you book appointments without delay.

18 February 2022: Changes to Direction Contact Tracing - No. 12 and 'Check in TAS' requirements
From 21 February 2022, residential aged care facilities (RACFs) will no longer be required to display a Check in TAS QR code, and people will no longer be required to check in at these sites. Entry health screening mechanisms are to remain in place. These will support the management of outbreaks in RACFs, as well as patient lists and staff rosters, will be used in the event of an outbreak rather than data collected through Check in TAS.

From 21 February 2022, RACFs are asked to remove the Check in TAS QR codes, but to keep them in a safe place in the event that they need to be reinstated, such as if a new variant associated with more severe disease and higher rates of hospitalisations than Omicron were to be introduced in Tasmania. Individuals can continue to use Check in TAS to show evidence of their vaccination status.

7 February 2022: Public Health Emergency Operations Centre - COVID-19 Alert
View the latest alert from the Director of Public Health for Residential Aged Care Providers, providing information on translational materials; testing; vaccination centres; and what providers need to do to remain prepared. Read more

7 February 2022: GP and Primary Care Update
A number of new transitional materials have been made readily available via the Tasmanian Coronavirus Website to use by non-english speaking members of our community. A list of new resources have also been added, including FAQ; what you need to do if you have tested positive for Covid-19, Testing isolation and quarantine explained, COVID-19 Testing explained, What to do if you're a close contact and What to do if you're positive for COVID-19. Plus updated recourses on Testing, Vaccination Centres and What To Do. Download the factsheet. 

2 February 2022: Tasmanian Aged Care Emergency Operations Centre forum
It was noted that the Covid world continues to change and ACEOC Tasmania is preparing the sector for big changes over the next few weeks, particularly relating to outbreaks and exposures which is being discussed at a national level. View the meeting notes

28 January 2022: Update to Direction Quarantine No 9 to allow essential staff to be exempt from close contact quarantine requirements
DIRECTION UPDATE: Quarantine No.9 that extends the direction to workers who provide care at Tasmanian Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) will come into effect from midday Friday 28 January 2022. The updated Direction has been put into place to enable workplaces including RACFs, identified as essential for the supply of critical goods and services to the community, to register for essential staff to be exempt from the quarantine requirement for close contacts if they are identified as a critical worker. The exemptions process only becomes available once there is a critical shortage to staff due to the quarantine requirement for close contacts. Read more and download the factsheet

24 January 2022: Booster interval cut to three months
Tasmanians aged 18 and over will be able to get their booster shot three months from the date of their second dose of vaccine, from Tuesday February 1. The new three-month booster interval will be cut from the current four-month interval in line with advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations (ATAGI). Read more

21 January 2022: New Direction, Residential Aged Care No. 19
The new Direction, Residential Aged Care No 19 is effective 21 January 2022. The key items of this new direction are:

  • It reduces the exclusion period for a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or is reasonably suspected of having the COVID-19 virus from entering a residential aged care facility from 14 days to 7 days if they have experienced no symptoms within those 7 days.
  • Staff who were a close contact may return to work on day 8, after day 7 of isolation or quarantine, if they have received a negative RAT or PCR test result from a test taken on day 6; and if they live with a confirmed COVID-19 case, have been able to maintain appropriate separation in the household; and have no symptoms.
  • Staff who were confirmed positive with COVID-19 may return to work on day 8, after day 7 of isolation or quarantine, if they live with a confirmed COVID-19 case, have been able to maintain appropriate separation in the household; and have no symptoms.
  • everyone is still to wear a surgical mask and undertake entering screening requirements.

If you have any questions about this information, please email pheoc.publicinfo@health.tas.gov.au or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

20 January 2022: RAT Interim Stockpile for Community Service Organisations - Apply now
Community service organisations are invited to apply to the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Interim Stockpile for Community Service Organisations. 8,000 RATs will be made available to community service organisations as an interin supply, while supply chain issues are resolved. The cost will be coviered by Tasmanian Government. Apply now

17 January 2022: Continuing to keep Tasmanians safe
Premier, Peter Gutwein, says the health and safety of Tasmanians remains our number one priority as we continue to make the transition to living with COVID-19 in our community. Tasmania has recorded 1,139 new cases, but importantly an additional 1470 people have now recovered and have been released from isolation in the last 24 hours. Read more

14 January 2022: Public Health Emergency Operations Centre - COVID-19 Alert
View the latest alert from the Director of Public Health for Residential Aged Care Providers. Read more

14 Janaury 2022: New Direction, Quarantine No. 8 (effective 14 Jan)
Please find attached the new Direction, Quarantine No. 8 that comes into effect on 14 January 2022. The key items of this new direction are: Removes the requirement for close contacts to not enter a high-risk setting (i.e. a residential aged care facility) and wear a mask while outside of his or her primary residence for the seven days after they leave quarantine; Everyone is still required to wear a mask in indoor settings in accordance with Mask Wearing Requirements No.1 Direction; Close contacts can leave quarantine after day 7 and return to work on day 8 if they have received a negative RAT or PCR test result from a test taken on day 6, and if they live with a confirmed COVID-19 case, have been able to maintain appropriate separation in the household; and have no symptoms.

If you have any questions about this information, please email pheoc.publicinfo@health.tas.gov.au or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.