ACT registers 38 new cases of COVID-19, 16 of which are contagious in the community

The ACT has registered 38 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, at least 16 of which spend part of their infectious period in the community.

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said 24 of the new cases were related to existing cases or exposure sites, and 14 are still under investigation.

There are 14 people in hospital with the virus, five of whom are in intensive care and three on ventilators.

There are now 342 active cases in the ACT, of which 632 have recovered.

Ms Stephen-Smith said Canberra Health Services is currently managing a number of positive cases at Canberra Hospital, including a food service team member, a patient on ward 14A and a staff member on ward 12B.

But she said there was “no additional spread” as a result of those cases.

“Hundreds of staff and patients have tested negative to date,” she said.

“But more than 100 health professionals are currently quarantined for between five and 14 days based on exposure risk.

“Canberrans can rest assured that this situation is being handled expertly and they should feel absolutely safe going to the hospital if they need hospital service.”

More to come.

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