COVID-19 update

17 April 2020

Federal | State | Burnie | HCI


Federal & State

The Prime Minister this week has continued to discuss the economic challenges we face and the need for those of us still working to be empowered to keep doing so for the economy and our families.  To ensure families can keep working, schools are important and the federal government believes it’s important that kids don’t miss out on their education. 

Schools at this time break over Easter from 6 April – 27 April in Tasmania, but many parents will opt to keep their kids at home and will be relying on a good laptop and internet connection. 

As we come out of the Easter break, the State Government advises that the rules for visiting shacks or second home residencies have not changed.  

Burnie Update

Testing on the North West Coast of Tasmania is ramping up, the Government has advised that 500 tests are available per day. If you think might be suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, advice from the State Government is to contact your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Remember: symptoms range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick, very quickly. Symptoms include fever or acute respiratory illness (eg cough, sore throat or shortness of breath). People with severe illness may have difficulty breathing, which is a sign of pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show after a person has been infected.

For those of us on the North West Coast of Tasmania, we are now in quarantine, with all non-essential travel being banned. Police are focusing on the North West to ensure compliance.

The North West Regional Hospital and Private hospital in Burnie have been closed as of 7:00am, Monday 13 April 2020. Cleaning and sterilisation is expected to be completed by Friday 17th April 2020 allowing for access to the emergency department and for services to resume.

Key points:

  • NW Tasmania is in quarantine
  • The North West Regional Hospital and North West Private Hospital in Burnie are closed
  • We need to maintain social distancing
  • Stay at home
  • Only go out shopping once a week
  • Remember to practise good hygiene

As a general reminder, Government flu vaccines have now been distributed for 2020. It is expected we will see new ways to access your vaccine emerge, like drive in clinics to administer shots and reduce the risk of social transmission.

HCI Update

Our thoughts are with those directly affected and their families at this time. We also give a big shout out and thanks to our front line medical workers helping to fight the virus.

As a member owned and not-for-profit organisation, Health Care Insurance remains focused on its members.  Consistent with Government advice, we have now closed our shop front but continue to provide support to members online and by phone. If you would like more assistance on this or any other matter in relation to your health insurance, please email enquiries@hciltd.com.au or call 1800 804 950.


Stay Safe, we're all in this together. 

Kind Regards

Jess Lyons

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