A woman in her 50s who is a close contact of a previous confirmed case is the only new case of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours to midday Monday 13 April. The ACT’s total is now 103.
A total of 72 cases in the ACT have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation.
There are currently three COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals. The remainder are isolating at home with ACT Health support.
The ACT has recorded two deaths.
The number of negative tests in the ACT is now 6,191.
Nationally, as at 6am on 13 April, there were 6,322 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. Of these confirmed cases, 61 have died from COVID-19. More than 356,000 tests have been conducted across Australia.
Cases under investigation
In the ACT, there are a total of two cases under investigation.
ACT Health is awaiting further test results to help determine their sources of exposure.
Acting ACT Chief Health Officer Vanessa Johnston said the first case, which has been under investigation for about two weeks, should be finalised soon, but the second case, which involved a staff member in the ICU at The Canberra Hospital, was still in the early stages.
“We are exploring all potential sources of exposure but I would like to thank all of the individuals involved in this case for taking all of the correct actions to minimise the chance of transmission,” Dr Johnston said.
“Both the individual who tested positive for COVID-19, and their close contact who has recently returned from overseas, did everything they were supposed to do in their situations and we thank them for taking all the right steps.”
ACT Health is continuing to take appropriate public health action in line with national guidelines.
According to ACT Health, “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 COVID-19 helpline to assist Canberrans through the challenges of COVID-19; it operates on 02 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily.
All Canberrans are encouraged to continue to stay up to date on developments through the new 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 on 1800 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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