Prime Minister of Tasmania – Coronavirus Update


January 27, 2022

Peter Gutwein, Prime Minister

The Tasmanian government’s number one priority since the start of the pandemic has been keeping Tasmanians safe, and it’s nice to see the number of COVID cases continuing to plateau with 726 confirmed cases today.

With schools due to reopen in the next two weeks, the plan to provide back-to-school kits, which include RATS and masks, is well underway.

The Early Childhood Education and Care packs are put together today and tomorrow, with distribution starting Monday with a click and collect system for service providers.

Public Health and the Department of Education are meeting union representatives from the AEU and CPSU today to discuss COVID safety measures for schools, which have been put in place based on advice from Public Health .

In addition, the extension of companies eligible for derogations for close contacts will come into force from noon tomorrow. It will now include health, welfare, care and support workers such as those involved in the production of medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare supplies, as well as pharmacy workers.

It also includes veterinary and animal welfare services, end-of-life services, dental services, essential welfare support services, education and childcare services, telecommunications, data, broadcasting and media services.

The timber industry, forestry and mining activities will also be included as well as essential workers in supermarkets and grocery stores, butchers, bakeries, vehicle maintenance and roadside assistance and moving services.

As we transition into living with COVID, it is important that we review the processes in place that reflect public health requirements.

Work is currently underway to determine whether the Check In Tas app should remain in place and possibly be used for certain high-risk environments, such as aged care facilities, hospitals and large mass gatherings, such than festivals.

Finally, I would like to remind Tasmanians that vaccination is our biggest line of defense against COVID-19 and it’s the simple things that will keep us safe – like washing our hands, covering our coughs, wearing a face mask. indoors, social distancing and testing if we are unwell.

Over 36% of eligible Tasmanians over the age of 18 have now received their reminder, and if you are due. Be sure to get it.

With 45% of Tasmanian children aged 5-11 having received their first vaccination before returning to school, there is still time for every child to get vaccinated before returning to school.

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