Coronavirus

Current NT status

Northern Territory has fifteen (15)* confirmed case of novel coronavirus.
For more information on these cases, please visit the Department of Health Health Alerts page.

For the latest status on arrangements under the COVID-19 response in the Northern Territory, visit securent.gov.au and follow them on the App.

NT PHN Resources

We are continuing to work closely with other key health partners in the NT to ensure we are ready for the clinical scenarios that may be posed by coronavirus.

National Resources 

The Australian Government continues to create a range of tools to keep both the public and clinicians informed about vital information. This information will continue to be updated regularly to keep the public informed.

Additional advice

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Information for Clinicians – via HealthPathways

NT HealthPathways contains pages to help primary care in readiness for a pandemic and with management of possible COVID cases. NT HealthPathways also links to external resourecs and NT CDC Alerts.


Support for NT Businesses

Both the Australian and Territory governments have recently announced stimulus packages to support businesses during this pandemic.  Key information is available from:

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can make humans and animals sick. They cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe disease.
Coronavirus was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.
Other coronaviruses include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Who is at risk:

In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are those who have:

  • recently been in mainland China or Iran
  • been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of coronavirus

Symptoms

Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:

  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms such as a cough, sore throat or headache
  • Shortness of breath

Use the symptom checker to find out if you need to seek medical help:

COVID-19

How it spreads

There is evidence that the virus spreads from person-to-person, especially in Hubei Province. The virus is most likely spread through:

  • close contact with an infectious person
  • contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
  • touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching the mouth or face

Prevention

Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public.

Find out more in the Australian Government Department of Health’s fact sheet about the use of surgical masks.

Everyone should practise good hygiene to protect against infections. Good hygiene includes:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • using a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • avoiding close contact with others, such as touching

Read more about protective measures against coronavirus on the World Health Organization website.

More information

Help and assistance:

For further information on coronavirus (24 hours) contact the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

For clinical or care advice - Call the healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222 to speak to a registered nurse who can provide advice when you're not sure what to do available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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