Jenny Gale, Head of the State Service, message to all staff

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (03 Mar 2020)

All Staff


Dear Colleagues

You may be aware that the Premier has announced that Tasmania yesterday recorded its first case of
novel coronavirus (COVID 19).

I am writing to you to reassure you that appropriate action is being taken to manage the risk of the
infection spreading in our community, and to remind you to take simple steps to protect yourself.
The State Emergency Management Committee convened yesterday to discuss support to the
Department of Health on their management of this matter.

Tasmania is well prepared to manage infectious diseases, and we are working with national health
authorities to ensure a consistent and well-managed approach to COVID 19. There are simple steps that
you can take to protect yourself and others: please remember to wash and dry your hands often and
well, to cough and sneeze into your elbow, and to keep your distance from others who are coughing and

I encourage you to refer to the Tasmanian Department of Health's website. Further information is available on the
Australian Government Department of Health website.

It's normal that others may look to you to answer questions, or you may have questions yourself. The
Public Health Hotline is the best source for any general and clinical advice relating to the coronavirus:
1800 671 738. This is also the number to call if you are concerned that you may have been exposed to
the coronavirus.

Yours sincerely

Jenny Gale Signature block
Jenny Gale
Head of the State Service
Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet
03 Mar 2020