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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

ACT records 10,371 negative tests plus no new cases overnight

More than 10,000 negative tests have been recorded in the ACT as the Territory again has no new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

The ACT’s total is still 107. A total of 103 cases have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation. 

The ACT has recorded three deaths.

The number of negative tests is now 10,371.

Hospital visitation restrictions still in place

Meanwhile, ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman is reminding the community that health services in the ACT still have visitor restrictions in place at key sites.

The restrictions apply to all Canberra Health Services campuses, including Canberra Hospital and University of Canberra Hospital and Community Health Centres, as well as Calvary Public and Private Hospitals, and National Capital Hospital.

“We are in a very strong position here in the ACT but Canberra’s hospitals would like to remind people of the restrictions they have in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among staff, patients, their friends and relatives,” Dr Coleman said.

“We know that hospitals can be potential transmission hubs with a population that is already compromised by episodic and chronic health issues.

“Restrictions imposed by Canberra’s hospitals include limiting visitor numbers to ‘one visitor per patient per day’ at their facilities.

“These health services would also like to remind people, where possible, not to bring children to hospital when visiting patients. This policy will be applied with compassion and common sense. For example, children who are well will still be able to visit a parent or sibling accompanied by an adult.”

General information

ACT Health is continuing to take appropriate public health action in line with national guidelines.  

It’s important for Canberrans to remain calm and keep informed, and to keep focussed on the practical things we can all do to protect ourselves, our families and the most vulnerable in our community.  

The ACT Government has established a dedicated COVID- 19 website for all information about the health and economic response to the pandemic in the ACT. For further information visit www.covid19.act.gov.au

The ACT Government has also established a helpline to assist Canberrans through the challenges of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Helpline is 02 6207 7244 and open between 8am and 8pm daily.

We encourage all Canberrans to continue to stay up to date on developments through the  COVID-19 website, as well as ACT Health social media channels.  

People who are concerned and want further information on the virus, can also call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.   

For details on how the ACT stats compare to other jurisdictions across Australia, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website. This information is updated daily.  

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