ACT registers 19 new cases of COVID-19

The ACT recorded 19 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases within 24 hours to 8 p.m. last night, with six of the new infectious cases in the community.

There are now 121 active cases associated with this outbreak.

Of the 19 new cases, 17 are linked to the current epidemic in the territory and two of them are still under investigation.

There are now three positive cases in the hospital, two of which are unrelated to symptoms of COVID while the other is receiving treatment for COVID-19 but does not require respiratory assistance at this time.

A group of 14 people grew up in the ACT disability sector, including support workers.

There is a case related to the Australian National University.

At 9 a.m. today, ACT Health continues to work with more than 15,400 people who self-identified as close contacts of ACT outbreaks.

Yesterday, over 3,600 tests were collected from government and private providers through ACT.

ACT Pathology and private providers returned 4,586 negative test results within 24 hours until 9 a.m. today.

Vaccination rollout continues in ACT, with the total number of vaccine doses administered now at 186,420.

The 19 new cases were more than double the total number of cases announced on Saturday, but Chief Minister Andrew Barr said this reflected the slight change in the notification deadline to 8 p.m. daily.

“This reflects the situation we are facing, there will be more new cases in the days to come,” he warned reporters in Canberra on Sunday.

“What we are looking for is that not all of these new cases are contagious in the community.”

The list of ACT exhibition sites was updated last night with over 320 locations listed while the Assembly pub in Braddon was reclassified as a ‘survey location’.

Anyone who was at the Assembly pub on Lonsdale Street on Saturday, August 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. has been asked to come forward for testing to help contact tracers find the source of the ACT COVID-19 outbreak.

In a statement released this afternoon, ACT Health advised the following:

Case related to the Housing ACT complex

ACT Health is investigating whether Condamine Court in Turner, which is an ACT Housing complex, is an exhibition location linked to any of the current active cases of COVID-19. Currently, there are no cases among residents of the complex.

ACT Health works closely with a wide range of partners, including Housing ACT and the Community Services Branch to communicate directly with those affected.

This situation is still evolving and the emphasis is on supporting tenants and their needs.

Case in the disability sector

ACT Health can confirm that there is currently a cluster of disability cases under management.

At this point, 14 cases are in the cluster, including four clients, seven support workers, one tradesperson and two support workers from NSW who are linked to the ACT cases.

ACT Health worked closely with all partners, including the Directorate of Community Services, the Office for Disability, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), disability service providers and industry leaders. to ensure that everyone involved receives the support they need.

ACT Health and the Community Services Branch will continue to work with the disability sector to keep them informed of the current situation and how the government is responding.

Case at Australian National University

ACT Health can confirm that there is a positive case of COVID-19 linked to ANU.

ACT government public health response teams work closely with ANU staff and students and communicate directly with those affected.

At this point, ACT Health has not confirmed any exposure sites on the ANU campus, but this remains under investigation.

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