Health professionals are encouraged to be alert to the possibility of coronavirus in patients who are showing certain symptoms and have recently travelled to certain countries or had close contact with a confirmed case.
COVID-19 is a notifiable disease in Tasmania under the Public Health Act 1997.
If you suspect a patient may have coronavirus, contact Tasmania’s Public Health Services on 1800 671 738 immediately for advice on testing and management.
Use contact and droplet precautions when providing routine care to patients who may have coronavirus.
The Australian Government has released a number of single-use surgical masks from the national medical stockpile; they are being distributed by PHNs, including Primary Health Tasmania, to general practices and pharmacies with an identified need.
Note that these are surgical face masks, not P2/N25 masks. They are for use by GPs, practice staff, pharmacists and pharmacy staff, as well as patients where there is concern about possible coronavirus infection. They should not be given or sold to patients more broadly.
A maximum of 50 masks will be sent to requesting practices and pharmacies in the first instance to ensure they go where they are most needed, given they are drawn from the national emergency supply. Practices and pharmacies will be able to request additional masks as the need arises.
In considering whether your workplace needs face masks, please think about any existing supply of masks you may have.
The Australian Government has prepared a fact sheet with information for both health professionals and community members on the use of face masks.