19 confirmed cases

in the Territory

National advice hotline

For information on coronavirus (COVID-19) call the hotline - open 24 hours, 7 days.

Health advice for remote areas

You need to be alert and take appropriate precautions if you:

  • live or work in a remote community and have visited or worked overseas
  • have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 14 days.

If you are well and meet either of the above criteria

If you are well and meet either of the above criteria, you need to:

  • Self-quarantine away from the community or at home for 14 days after returning from overseas and if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Remain within a three-hour drive (preferably by sealed road) from Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy or Darwin. You must not go to any remote Aboriginal community.

If you live more than three hours away from these towns or are in a remote Aboriginal community, you should seek accommodation elsewhere.

To discuss your circumstances, call the Public Health Unit 08 8922 8044 or contact your local Health Clinic.

If you are unwell and present to a health facility in a remote area

If you are unwell and present to a health facility in a remote area, you will be managed as a suspect case if you have:

  • fever or
  • respiratory symptoms with fever and have been overseas in the last 14 days or
  • respiratory symptoms without a fever and have been overseas in the last 14 days or
  • been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 14 days.

If you need to be admitted to hospital, a transfer will be arranged for you.

If you are a suspect case and don’t need to be admitted to hospital

If you are a suspect case and don’t need to be admitted to hospital, you must:

  • remain within one hour's drive (preferably by sealed road) from Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy or Darwin
  • not go to any remote Aboriginal community and seek accommodation elsewhere
  • self-isolate for 14 days if you have travelled internationally or been in close contact with a confirmed case even if the test is negative.