COVID-19 pandemic in Tasmania

COVID-19 pandemic in Tasmania
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationTasmania, Australia
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Confirmed cases235
Active cases5,094
Hospitalised cases28
Critical cases3
Recovered21,298
Deaths
17 (as of 25 Jan. 2022)
Fatality rate0.09%
Government website
coronavirus.tas.gov.au

The COVID-19 pandemic in Tasmania is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

Timeline

2020

Scotch Oakburn College in Tasmania closed as a preemptive decision in fear of rising SARS-CoV-2 cases. It was to be closed from 16 March until at least 30 March.[1]

On 17 March, Tasmania declared a public health emergency.[2]

On 19 March, all "non-essential" travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, were subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.[3]

Burnie outbreak

On 12 April 2020, in response to an outbreak in Burnie, business restrictions were put in place for 14 days. It included the closure of most retail businesses except for those providing essential services, or those who can provide online services and home delivery. The North West Regional Hospital (NWRH) and North West Private Hospital (NWPH) were temporarily closed from Monday 13 April 2020, and staff, patients, and visitors since 27 March, were required to self-quarantine for 14 days.[4] The self-quarantine affected up to 5,000 people. Additional testing was announced, and emergency medical teams from the Australian Defence Force were sent to Burnie to cover for hospital staff.[5]

On 1 August, the 2020 Tasmanian Legislative Council periodic election, deferred from 30 May to prevent the spread of COVID-19, took place.[6]

2021

Due to a growing cluster in Bondi, Sydney, from 4 pm on 23 June Tasmania declared the City of Sydney, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West, Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra as high-risk. Border entry will not be allowed to anyone who was in those areas, on or since, 11 June without approval from the Deputy State Controller.[7][8]

On 22 July, the death of a 44-year-old man from Tasmania was linked by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), after vaccination with AstraZeneca. The man was a confirmed case of TTS.[9]

October lockdown

On 15 October Tasmania's southern region, including Hobart, went into a 3-day lockdown at 6 pm. This followed a man positive to the Delta variant of COVID-19 escaping from hotel quarantine and being in the community for around 18 hours before police located him the next day. The man did not co-operate in tracing his contacts. The 31-year-old from Albury in NSW flew from Melbourne to Hobart on 11 October, but did not have the correct border pass. He was taken to a quarantine hotel in Hobarts' CBD, and went missing on 12 October. He falsely stated to emergency management workers that he had been in Queensland the previous 14 days, when he had actually been in NSW.[10][11]

The local government areas (LGA) affected were: Brighton Council, Central Highlands Council, City of Clarence, Derwent Valley Council, Glamorgan–Spring Bay Council, City of Glenorchy, City of Hobart, Huon Valley Council, Sorell Council, Southern Midlands Council, Tasman Council and Kingborough Council. As a result of the lockdown, The Unconformity arts festival due to start on 15 October in Queenstown was cancelled.[10]

The man who triggered the lockdown was sentenced for the COVID regulation breaches on 21 December to five months jail, two suspended, and backdated to the day he was taken into custody, 26 October. He was also fined $1,500. He received another five months jail, two suspended, for breaching a family violence order (FVO) by going to Tasmania to see the woman who held the FVO against him.[11]

December

On 15 December, Tasmania reopened its borders to travellers. Within four days, 7 cases of COVID-19 were detected, the first 3 of them were infected with the Omicron variant.[12]

By 19 December, over 95 per cent of eligible people in Tasmania had received one vaccination, over 90 per cent had received two.[12]

On 21 December 2021 Tasmania reintroduced a requirement to wear facemasks indoors.[12]

2022

On 20 January Tasmania had its first death since April 2020, raising total COVID deaths to 14.[13]

On 21 January another COVID related death occurred.[14]

On 24 January, there was 1 COVID-19 related death, raising the state total to 16. She was a 79-year-old woman who had underlying health conditions. There were 643 new cases, 35 hospitalised, 15 specifically for COVID-19 treatment. 3 in intensive care, 1 on a ventilator.[15]

On 25 January, there was 1 COVID-19 related death, raising the state total to 17. She was a 80-year-old woman. There were 712 new cases, 28 hospitalised, 11 specifically for COVID-19 treatment. 3 in intensive care. Active cases were at 5,094.[16]

By 30 January, there was another single COVID-19 related death, raising the state total to 18. She was a woman, in her late 80s, with underlying health conditions, at an aged care facility. There were 594 new cases to 8pm on 29 January, 20 hospitalised with COVID-19, 10 of those pecifically for COVID-19 treatment. Active cases were down at 4,978.[17]
In Tasmania:
• 95% aged 12 and over were fully vaccinated
• 46% aged between 5 and 11 years old had 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine
• over 38% aged 18 and over had a booster dose[17]

On 2 February, there was a single COVID-19 related death, raising the state total to 19. It was 68-year-old man at an aged care facility. He had underlying medical condition and was in palliative care.There were 656 new cases to 8pm, 13 were hospitalised with COVID, 7 cases specifically for COVID-19 treatment, 2 of them on a ventilator. Active cases were down at 3,782 from 4,978 on 29 February.[18]

Event cancellations

  • On 11 March 2020, the head of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), David Walsh, cancelled the 2020 Dark Mofo winter arts festival.[19] He announced on 16 March that the museum itself would be closed indefinitely.[20]
  • On 18 March 2020 Agfest, set for 7 May, was cancelled.[21] It was replaced by an online event that ran from 7–28 May.[22] Agfest 2021 included both physical events over 4 days (5–8 May), and the online component (8–15 May).[23][24]
  • On 12 May 2020, the 2021 Cygnet Folk Festival was cancelled.[25] The 2022 Festival was also cancelled, on 21 December 2021, after the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Australia.[26]
  • The 2020 Legislative Council elections that were due to take place on 30 May were deferred to 1 August 2020.[27]
  • The 2021 Australian Wooden Boat Festival was cancelled.[28]
  • The 2020–21 Taste of Tasmania food and wine festival, usually held from 28 December to 3 January, was cancelled.[29]
  • The Unconformity arts festival, the first in 3 years, was cancelled in October 2021 after a quarantine hotel breach put southern Tasmania into a snap lockdown.[10]

Statistics

COVID-19 cumulative cases in Tasmania[30]

COVID-19 daily cases in Tasmania[30]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Public Health Emergency for Tasmania declared". Tasmanian Government Department of Health. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Tasmania to enforce 'toughest border measures in the country' amid coronavirus pandemic". ABC News. 19 March 2020. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  4. ^ Department of Premier and Cabinet. (16 April 2020). "Important information for people in north-west Tasmania". Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Tasmanian Government. Archived from the original on 14 April 2020. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
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  6. ^ "Legislative Council Elections to be deferred". premier.tas.gov.au. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
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  8. ^ Nguyen, Kevin (24 June 2021). "Bondi COVID-19 cluster rises to 36 cases after NSW Health records 11 new infections". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  9. ^ Blackwood, Fiona; & staff writers (22 July 2021). "TGA links deaths of 44yo Tasmanian man and 48yo Victorian woman to AstraZeneca vaccine". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 July 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  10. ^ a b c "Hobart region enters three-day lockdown after COVID hotel quarantine breach". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 October 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  11. ^ a b MacDonald, Lucy (21 December 2021). "Tim Gunn sentenced over Hobart COVID quarantine breach which triggered 72-hour lock down". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  12. ^ a b c "Tasmanians told to wear masks indoors as three more COVID cases detected". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 December 2021. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  13. ^ Howard, Jacqueline (20 January 2022). "Tasmania records first death since April 2020". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
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  17. ^ a b "Fifth person dies with COVID since Tasmania's border reopening". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 20 January 2022. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
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  19. ^ "Dark Mofo 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus fears". ABC News. 11 March 2020. Archived from the original on 11 March 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art to close indefinitely due to coronavirus fears". ABC. 16 March 2020. Archived from the original on 16 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  21. ^ "AGFEST 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19". www.agfest.com.au. Agfest. 18 March 2020. Archived from the original on 28 October 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  22. ^ "THE VIRTUAL GATES HAVE CLOSED ON A MASSIVE EVENT!". www.agfest.com.au. Agfest. 28 May 2020. Archived from the original on 28 October 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  23. ^ "AGFEST 2021 BACK IN THE PADDOCK". www.agfest.com.au. Agfest. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 28 October 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  24. ^ Anderson, Dana (8 May 2021). "Wrapping up Agfest 2021's field days event". The Examiner. Australian Community Media. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  25. ^ Cygnet Folk Festival Committee and Staff (12 May 2020). "Cygnet Folk Festival 2021 Cancellation". us2.campaign-archive.com. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  26. ^ "Tasmania records four new COVID-19 cases, taking the total to 14". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 20 December 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  27. ^ "Legislative Council Elections to be deferred". premier.tas.gov.au. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  28. ^ "Australian Wooden Boat Festival cancelled owing to pandemic". www.mysailing.com.au. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  29. ^ "How Australians marked New Year's Eve in a year dominated by COVID-19". ABC News. Australia. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 3 February 2021. Coronavirus restrictions have largely determined how millions of people across Australia have seen in 2021.
  30. ^ a b "Cases: States and Territories". covid19data.com.au. Retrieved 21 July 2021.

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