Alert: Novel coronavirus

Alert

Novel coronavirus

Update: 3 February 2020 – 10:00 am

Novel coronavirus is a virus that was recently identified in China. We are receiving regular advice from the Tasmanian Department of Health about the virus and implications for our libraries.

Consistent with national advice, Libraries Tasmania recommends the following for all library users and staff:

  • Those who have been in contact with any confirmed novel coronavirus case should not visit any public places, including libraries, schools and childcare, and remain isolated in their homes for 14 days following exposure.
  • Those who have recently visited Hubei Province in China should not visit any public places, including libraries, schools and childcare, and remain isolated in their homes for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province.
  • Those who have departed mainland China and arrived in Australia on or after 1 February 2020 should not visit any public places, including libraries, schools and childcare and remain isolated in their homes for 14 days after leaving China.
  • Those who arrived in Australia from mainland China (other than Hubei Province) before 1 February 2020 can visit their library and attend school or childcare, as long as they are well.

The Australian Government has advised that there is no cause for alarm, and the risk to the public is currently low. At this time, there are no confirmed cases in Tasmania.

Australian border control and public health measures are in place to identify any person arriving in Australia from China who develops novel coronavirus infection to prevent further spread.

Australian health authorities are monitoring the situation daily and this advice may change. To find current information and important advice, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.

If you are unsure whether this applies to you or have other questions, please call the Tasmanian hotline on 1800 671 738.