A teenage boy tested positive for COVID-19 in Tasmania, which became the state’s first case in 58 days.
- A teenage boy tested positive for COVID-19 after flying to Launceston from Melbourne
- He is in home quarantine and his close contacts are isolated
- Flight VA1364 and parts of Launceston Airport have been declared areas of exposure
The teenager flew to Launceston, in the north of the state, from Melbourne on Friday, October 1 when he traveled in quarantine at a family home, before taking a regular COVID-19 test.
Public Health director Mark Veitch said the young man had been wearing a mask since he arrived at Melbourne Airport and until he left Launceston Airport.
He is currently isolated and his close family contacts have been placed in quarantine.
Virgin Australia flight VA1364, which arrived at Launceston Airport around 11:30am on Friday, was declared an area of exposure.
All 10 passengers on the flight were declared close contacts and directed to quarantine.
A small number of biosecurity and security staff were also identified as casual contacts and placed in quarantine until they were tested.
Public Health authorities said the risk to others at Launceston Airport was low, but declared the airport’s arrival in the hall and baggage pickup as an area of exposure on Friday between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm .
Public Health said anyone in these areas of the airport at the time was considered casual contacts and should be isolated immediately and contact the Public Health hotline after 8:00 a.m. Sunday October 3rd.
Further updates on the case are expected to be provided on Sunday.
The last case recorded by the state was on August 2, when a traveler flew to Launceston from Sydney via Melbourne without a border pass required.
The 31-year-old man was directed to hotel quarantine and took a COVID test the next day.
He then flew back to Sydney on August 4 before he could receive his positive result.
Tasmania has recorded 234 cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths since the pandemic began.
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