Tasmania is bracing for a growing COVID-19 wave, as the state government recommends mask wearing and other precautions to limit the spread of the virus.
Due to the increase in cases, Public Health has raised Tasmania’s COVID 19 Risk Level to moderate.
In a statement released on Saturday, Premier Jeremy Rockliff said, “this means that Tasmanians should be aware there is currently a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 in the community, and everyone should take extra precautions by staying home and testing if they have any symptoms, and continuing to follow COVID safe behaviours.
“While masks are not mandatory, they are recommended in indoor settings, on public transport, or when visiting people at higher risk.
“Of course, the best thing you can do to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to make sure you’re up to date with your vaccinations.
“This includes your booster or fourth dose, so if you’re eligible, head into a GP or pharmacy and ensure you have the maximum protection from COVID-19.”
The increased risk has seen both the Royal Hobart and Launceston General Hospitals escalate their COVID-19 management plans after a spike in cases in both patients and staff.
Around 2,712 cases were recorded this week, up 22 per cent on the previous week.