13 Nov 2020
The NT Chief Health Officer has confirmed that Mitchell Shire will be revoked as a hotspot from 12.01pm on Friday 13 November 2020.
This means that people arriving in the Northern Territory from Mitchell Shire will no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. Anyone currently in mandatory quarantine from Mitchell Shire will be able to exit.
Mitchell Shire includes the towns of Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour, Tallarook, Pyalong and Wallan.
Greater Melbourne remains a declared hotspot for the purpose of travel to the Northern Territory.
Decisions on declaring and revoking hotspots are reviewed and made by the NT Chief Health Officer and take into account the monitoring and data collection of COVID-19, extent of community transmission and risks to the NT community.
The risk of COVID-19 in our communities cannot be eliminated which is why it is important for everyone, particularly those people travelling from interstate, to follow all health guidance.
· If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not travel. Make sure you get tested and stay at home.
· Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m at all times.
· Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.
· Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Put your tissue in the bin straight away.
· Do not go to work if you feel sick.
· If you have symptoms, stay away from others and call a doctor or the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 008 002.
For more information about hot spots and to stay up to date with the latest information visit www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Chief Health Officer Dr Hugh Heggie
“I am confident in revoking Mitchell Shire as a hotspot from midday today. Upon review of the data and the evidence there are currently no active cases and there has been no cases from an unknown source for more than 28 days.
“We will continue to review and assess the situation, and if at any time we are no longer comfortable with what is occurring in any location across Australia we can and will declare it to be a hotspot.”