Royal Darwin Hospital employee among 19 new COVID cases, eight are from Tennant Creek

Northern Territory has registered 19 new cases of COVID-19, including one with a staff member at Royal Darwin Hospital.

Authorities said the hospital worker was in the community during their contagious period and a plan for hospital outbreaks has been activated.

“The employee is triple vaccinated, asymptomatic and followed all appropriate mask protocols,” the government said in a statement.

No restrictions have been announced for Darwin.

Authorities said all residents and visitors to the NT should monitor the exposure sites list on the NT government’s coronavirus website.

Eight of the new cases are from Tennant Creek and are associated with the current NT eruption.

They are all being assessed at Tennant Creek Hospital.

This brings the total number of cases in connection with the ongoing outbreak to 140.

Ten cases were recorded in intergovernmental arrivals that are in isolation at home or at the Howard Springs quarantine facility.

The last case is a household contact of a newly arrived from South Australia.

There are currently 19 people in the hospital, including one in the intensive care unit.

1,903 tests were processed across the NT yesterday.

The mask order in Alice Springs was revoked at 5 p.m. yesterday.

Tennant Creek remains under lockout restrictions until Wednesday, December 29th. The mask mandate in the Barkly region also remains in place.

The lockout in Ali Curung was lifted on Thursday.

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