Please also refer to the ACT Health Public Health Alerts page for important public health information and warnings.
January to February 2020
There is an outbreak of a disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The disease caused by this coronavirus is called ‘COVID-19’. To date, COVID-19 has mostly affected people who live in or have visited mainland China, or who have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Infection with COVID-19 is now a notifiable condition under the ACT Public Health Act 1997. All cases and suspected cases of COVID-19 must be reported by doctors, authorised nurse practitioners, pathologists and hospital managers to the ACT Chief Health Officer. All suspected cases (i.e. cases undergoing testing) and confirmed cases must be notified within 24 hours by calling the Communicable Disease Control Section on (02) 5124 9213 during business hours or (02) 9962 4155 after hours.
Test patients who fit the suspected case definition:
- a history of travel in, or transit through, mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) in the 14 days before illness onset, OR contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
- fever, or acute respiratory symptoms (for example, shortness of breath or cough) with or without fever.
Please contact Communicable Disease Control, for advice for patients who do not strictly meet the case definition but whom you suspect might still be a possible case.