Declaration of the Australian Capital Territory as a Hotspot for Commonwealth Support

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, has today declared the Australian Capital Territory a COVID-19 Hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support.

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Professor Kelly has today declared the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) a Hotspot for the purpose of Commonwealth support from 11:59pm on 12 August 2021, for an initial period of 7 days until 11:59pm on 19 August 2021, with review on or before this date. This is in-line with the ACT Government’s announcement today.

The recent emergence of a case in ACT, and ongoing community transmission in regional New South Wales raises concerns for wide opportunities for transmission of the virus. Professor Kelly reminds the community of the risk and requests they continue to follow the directions of ACT Health.  

Declaring a hotspot for Commonwealth support triggers, if required:

  • Provision of PPE from the National Medical Stockpile
  • Actions for aged care facilities including PPE, single site workforce supplement and integration of an aged care response centre into the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre
  • Assistance with contact tracing
  • Asymptomatic testing via General Practitioner led Respiratory Clinics
  • Reprioritisation of vaccine supplies, if required
  • Access to COVID-19 Disaster Payment, if eligibility criteria are met
  • Two Medicare Benefits Schedule items for telehealth consultations for patients in COVID-19 hotspots.

Read more about listing areas as COVID-19 hotspots.

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