As Tasmania passes more than 83,000 COVID-19 tests completed, members of the community have again been encouraged to request a test should they be unwell.
Health Minister Sarah Courtney said the state was processing about 500 tests a day.
“From what we are seeing in other states, it is absolutely imperative we continue to have a high level of testing,” Ms Courtney said.
“Our ability to rapidly identify and respond to any future clusters or cases will help us minimise any transmission.”
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Tasmania chairman Tim Jackson said while Tasmanians had done an excellent job in playing their part in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, the state was far from out of the woods yet.
Dr Jackson said the flip side of successfully fighting the pandemic was that complacency could take hold.
“We know that community transmission outbreaks can emerge without warning and our state is not immune,” he said.
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“Please continue to take this virus seriously, even as we emerge from the colder months.
“Remember to regularly wash your hands and keep them away from your face, physically distance and always heed expert medical advice, including from your GP.”
Mr Jackson encouraged Tasmanians to take advantage of the state’s COVID-19 testing clinics.
“Your GP may also be providing COVID testing but remember to always call ahead because this will also allow the practice to prepare for your arrival,” he said.
“Getting tested, no matter how minor the symptoms, helps keep each other safe.
“Anyone with respiratory problems such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or an unexplained fever should be tested for COVID-19 right away and self-isolate until you get your results.”
- Tasmanians can arrange an appointment by contacting the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or by contacting their GP.