Recommended restrictions for people at high risk of severe COVID-19 infections have been updated. People at high risk are:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
- People 65 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
- People 70 years and older
- People with compromised immune systems.
Some medical conditions and procedures increase risk. People in this category include those who:
- have had an organ transplant and are on immune suppressive therapy
- have had a bone marrow transplant in the last 24 months or are on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease
- have blood cancer, such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome (diagnosed within the last five years)
- are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
The Tasmanian and Australian governments recommend that if you are in a high risk category you should:
- wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser often
- keep at least 1.5m away from other people
- practise good cough and sneeze hygiene
- stay home and get tested if you develop any (even mild) cold or flu-like symptoms
- download the COVIDSafe App
- stay up-to-date with the latest public health advice and local COVID-19 situation
- get a flu shot
- take extra precautions to avoid contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, including children
- talk to your GP about how you can stay safe.
The risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Tasmania is currently low regardless of age or health conditions but it is still important for us to manage our own health and risk and to be even more vigilant if the situation changes.
People at increased risk of severe COVID-19 can still work or volunteer, particularly where there are few or no local cases.
Some work settings may place employees at higher risk of COVID-19, either through:
• potential exposure to infected people, such as in health or aged care settings
• working conditions where physical distancing is difficult (e.g. working in the disability or aged care sector)
• work with multiple face-to-face interactions with others
• working in a setting associated with increased transmission of the virus (e.g. meat processing)
• are longer (the risk for exposure and transmission increases with time)
People with increased risk could consider developing an individual workplace risk management plan with their employer. The plan should be specific to them, their work and their workplace and the number of cases in the community.
More information for employers is available from the Department of Health’s Information for Employers and Safe Work Australia’s COVID-19 Information for workplaces.
For more information on how to make safe decisions read Living Well in the COVID-19 Pandemic.