COVID-19

The Northern Territory has 0 active cases of COVID-19.

For more information on these cases, please visit NT Health.

Frequently asked questions:


Arranging COVID-19 Testing

The Australian Government is establishing respiratory clinics around the country to clinically assess people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms. The clinics will help to reduce the risk of further transmission of COVID-19, optimise use of personal protective equipment stock and reduce the pressure on hospital emergency departments.

In the Territory, anyone with the following symptoms can access testing for coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • a recent, acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat)
  • a fever or history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills).

If you are not displaying these symptoms then you don't need to be tested for coronavirus.

If you think you need to be tested for coronavirus, you should speak with your GP who will make an assessment on your health and may refer you for testing either:

  1. At the GP practice (if they have testing available)
  2. At a Respiratory Clinic for an assessment, testing and advice on care during isolation as required. Once the test has been done, they will refer you back to your GP for ongoing care.
  3. At a Pandemic Clinic where testing will be done, and the results reported back to you.

For all testing, you must make an appointment before you visit a clinic.

If you can’t get an appointment with a GP or you’re not familiar with local GPs, you can also book directly for testing at either a Respiratory or Pandemic Clinic.

On weekends, if you need to be tested please contact the NT COVID testing hotline on 1800 008 002 and you will be directed to an appropriate clinic for testing.

Respiratory Clinics

  • Danila Dilba, Darwin – telephone 8942 5303
  • Palmerston GP Super Clinic, Darwin – telephone 8919 8919
  • Central Clinic, Alice Springs – telephone 8952 1088
  • Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Alice Springs – telephone 8959 4782

Pandemic Clinics 

Book through the NT COVID-19 testing hotline on 1800 008 002:

  • Royal Darwin Hospital
  • Howard Springs drive-through testing facility
  • Katherine Hospital
  • Nhulunbuy – telephone 0476 828 005
  • Tennant Creek Hospital – 8962 4399

Reminder: Do not just turn up at a clinic. For community safety, it is important that you call first to make an appointment.


Remote work and travel 

As of 5 June 2020, the biosecurity area restrictions in the Northern Territory have been lifted.

There is no longer any requirement to quarantine for 14 days before entering a remote community and residents will be able to move freely between their communities, homelands, country and town.

Territorians need to continue to maintain good physical distancing and hygiene practices to protect against spreading coronavirus.

Any non-residents wanting to go into a remote community must still must follow all the requirements of Land Councils and local communities, including checking if you need a Land Council permit to go there.

This includes for work. Below outlines advice from the Land Councils:

Northern and Central Land Councils

Non-residents must have permission from the relevant Land Council to go into their communities for any reason, including work.

The Central Land Council (CLC) and Northern Land Council (NLC) will continue to acknowledge Approved Remote Essential Worker cards, issued under the biosecurity restrictions, for access to their communities until September.

If you do not have an AREW card, you must apply to the NLC or CLC for a permit to access their communities.

You should check with the relevant Land Council to make sure you have the right kind of permission to go into their community.

Find out more at the NLC website or CLC website.

Workers in the Anindilyakwa and Tiwi regions

From 14 April 2020, the Anindilyakwa Land Council indicated that anyone wishing to come to the Groote Archipelago (including essential workers) should apply for a Groote Archipelago and Community Access Permit if they are able to meet the requirements.

You can find out more on the ALC website or by emailing alcpermits@alcnt.com.au.

The Tiwi Land Council has declared the closure of all land and seas within the Tiwi Aboriginal Land Trust in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat until further notice.

Exemptions to deliver emergency and essential services will be managed through the Tiwi Land Council on 08 8997 0797 or office@tiwilandcouncil.com.


COVIDSafe app

The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus. Having confidence we can find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus.

The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary.

Download the app

Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. Watch this video about how to use the app.


NT PHN’s role in the COVID-19 response

We are assisting the NT primary health care workforce in responding to COVID-19, including information on:

We are continuing to work closely with our key health partners in the NT to ensure we are ready for the clinical scenarios that may be posed by coronavirus. Read more about NT PHN’s role in the COVID-19 response.

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 cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new form 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 COVID-19 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:

How to seek medical attention

If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical advice via telephone – call your doctor or hospital ahead of time to book an appointment.

You will be asked to take precautions when you attend for treatment. Follow the instructions you are given.

If your symptoms are serious, such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

If you have questions and want to talk to someone about your symptoms, you can also call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 for advice (24 hours).

Prevention

Practising good hygiene and physical distancing are our most powerful weapons in fighting this virus and saving lives. 

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

  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • using a tissue and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • avoiding close contact with others.

NT Health has more tips for how to stay safe.


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