COVID-19 is a notifiable disease in Tasmania under the Public Health Act 1997.
Health professionals are encouraged to be alert to the possibility of COVID-19 in patients who are showing certain symptoms and have recently travelled overseas or had close contact with a confirmed case.
Visit the Tasmanian HealthPathways for current advice on testing and management (see below).
Health professionals should use contact and droplet precautions when providing routine care to patients who may have COVID-19.
You can also download a fact sheet on how to use the COVID-19 Tasmanian HealthPathways here, and watch a short video tutorial here.
Whole-of-population telehealth expansion
The Australian Government has announced whole-of-population telehealth for patients, general practice, primary care and other medical services to support the response to COVID-19.
From 30 March 2020, telehealth (video-conference) and phone consultation items are available to all Australians. This is stage four of the COVID-19 response and is expected to be in place until 30 September 2020.
You can find out more about the stage four expansion here, and download an overarching fact sheet explaining the changes here.
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 community 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, pharmacy staff and patients ONLY where there is concern about possible coronavirus infection. They should not be given or sold to patients more broadly.