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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted on January 30, 2020

Where do I find key coronavirus information?

The Australian Government’s dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage provides up-to-date and comprehensive information about management of coronavirus in Australia. This includes information about what the virus is, symptoms, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Locally, the Tasmanian Government has also set up a dedicated website to consolidate key information about the state-based coronavirus response, including FAQs about local regulations and Public Health advice.

I am sick and think I may have COVID-19. What do I do?

Tasmanians should phone the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or your GP immediately, informing them about symptoms and recent travel, if they:

  • feel unwell with a fever OR cough, sore throat or shortness of breath AND have recently travelled internationally or interstate
  • OR have had contact with a confirmed case.

If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. Tell the operator and the ambulance officer about your recent travel.


If you go to see your GP, you must call ahead and mention your symptoms and recent travel.

Click here for more information.

You can also check your symptoms using healthdirect COVID-19 Symptom Checker (see right).

Where can I find resources for dealing with stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Discussions and concerns around the coronavirus outbreak and practising self-isolation can be stressful and impact our mental health and wellbeing.

It’s natural to feel a range of emotions, such as stress, worry, anxiety, boredom, or low mood. Many people feel distressed by the constant news and overwhelming amount of information about the situation.

The Australian Government’s Head to Health website has been recently updated to include lots of information about the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to look after yourself throughout the response.

Please note: Primary Health Tasmania does not deliver health services or crisis support.

Your regular doctor should always be your first point of call if you need medical or mental health care.

In an emergency, call Triple 0 (000) for Ambulance, Fire or Police.

For information about health services open at night, public holidays and weekends, visit the Tas After Hours website.

The following helplines are also available for urgent assistance:

  • Mental Health Services Helpline 1800 332 388
  • Lifeline Crisis Help 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling (after hours) 1800 811 994
  • Poison Information Centre 13 11 26

More information
Comprehensive health advice on coronavirus from healthdirect Australia
Australian Government Department of Health
Tasmanian Department of Health 
Information for Tasmanian primary health care professionals