The Department of Health and Human Services (DOH) is asking all Australians to stay informed and to watch out for signs and symptoms of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Current NT status
Northern Territory has twenty-two (20)* confirmed case of novel coronavirus. One (1) person recovered. 2,273 people tested.
For more information on these cases, please visit the Department of Health Health Alerts page.
*Twenty (20) of these cases are Territorians, one is from New South Wales and the other from Queensland. Another Territory man diagnosed with COVID-19 is being cared for by New South Wales Health.
There is now a dedicated COVID-19 hotline number for the NT, this is 1800 008 002. If you are in Darwin call the Public Health Unit on 8922 8044 to arrange testing.
There is a dedicated COVID-19 NT government website for current updates and community advice.
The aim is to get ahead of the curve and there will be some impacts to our Territory lifestyle regarding our significant events, however we all need to follow the best advice to limit to risk of COVID-19 to Territorians.
The most important thing for everyone to remember with COVID-19 is to maintain strict hygiene by:
- Washing your hands
- Avoid shaking hands with people who may be unwell
- Stay at a distance of 1.5 m away from someone who is unwell
- Coughing or sneezing into your elbow
- Don’t go to crowded places if you’re unwell including staying home from school or work.
Community safety remains the DOH highest priority. DOH ask the public to be alert, but not alarmed.
Practising good hand hygiene and remembering to cough or sneeze into your elbow is still the best way to minimise the spread of any infection.
Information for the health sector
View our resources for health professionals, including pathology providers and healthcare managers.
Also read the 2019-nCoV National Guidelines for Public Health Units that are regularly updated by the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA).