26 September 2023

COVID-19 updates to be shared weekly

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ACT Health is to change the way it reports COVID-19 information from daily to weekly after the final daily update tomorrow (9 September).

Announced by Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith, the move from daily to weekly reporting has been agreed between Health Ministers and is to be applied consistently across State and Territory Governments.

Ms Stephen-Smith said the ACT’s first weekly update on case numbers would be issued on Friday 16 September, in line with other Australian jurisdictions.

“The winter wave of COVID-19 has passed, and we have reached a stage in the pandemic where daily reporting is not as important as it was,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

“Weekly reporting will allow the public to stay informed about the level of COVID in the ACT and the impacts it is having on our health system and society more broadly,” she said.

“Of course, if there are any developments of concern, the Government will alert the community.”

Ms Stephen-Smith said the weekly updates would contain similar information to that in the current daily updates – including the number of new cases (with a PCR/RAT breakdown), total cases, new deaths, total deaths, vaccination rates and hospital data (including a breakdown of ICU and ventilated patients).

She said ACT Health would also continue to produce its more detailed Weekly Epidemiological Update each Friday, with data in those reports to be based on the previous week (Monday to Sunday) to allow for data cleansing and analysis.

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