Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) - Update

11 February 2020

Status: Active

Date issued: 11 February 2020 (Update to Alert issued 4 February 2020)

Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, Victoria

Issued to: Clinicians and the Victorian public  

Key messages

  • The Guideline for Health Services and General Practitioners has been updated (Version 6) since the last Chief Health Officer Alert of 4 February.  
  • Key changes include introduction of a new case definition, provision for testing at clinician discretion, further advice on infection control precautions and specimen collection.  
  • It remains critical that clinicians identify cases, and notify the department on 1300 651 160, 24 hours. Be alert for cases, take a travel history and advise suspected cases to isolate until you provide the result to your patient.  
  • There is a new quick reference guide and checklist for general practitioners and online fact sheets for patients after an assessment by the clinician and the department.  
  • People who have been in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong SAR, Macau and Taiwan) are advised to self-isolate if they were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020.  
  • The requirement to self-isolate continues to apply to people who have been in Hubei Province, China, for 14 days after they left Hubei Province.  
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV should also stay at home and avoid public settings until 14 days after their last contact.  
  • The department has confirmed four cases of novel coronavirus in Victoria.  
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