COVID-19 Updates, Central Australia


Updates on the novel coronavirus situation directly relating to Alice Springs and Central Australia.

As part of our focus areas on knowl­edge shar­ing and social ben­e­fits to the desert, DKA has col­lat­ed infor­ma­tion and sit­u­a­tion­al updates around COVID-19 which relate direct­ly to Cen­tral Aus­tralia. This page con­tains infor­ma­tion on health and hygiene, the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, ter­mi­nol­o­gy, rec­om­mend­ed pro­ce­dures, and avail­able services.


4 con­firmed cas­es of COVID-19 in Cen­tral Australia

All cas­es are being treat­ed at the Alice Springs Hos­pi­tal. There are no known cas­es of com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion in Cen­tral Aus­tralia at this point.

(Source: NT Gov­ern­ment media releas­es: 26 March; 2 April; 2 April)

30 con­firmed cas­es in the North­ern Territory

(Source: NT Gov­ern­ment coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) web­site)

A video by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of Health explain­ing social dis­tanc­ing.

A video by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of Health details good hygiene prac­tices.

A video by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of Health explains prac­ti­cal tips to stop the spread of germs.

If you are sick or think you might be expe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms of COVID-19, seek med­ical advice from your local clin­ic. Call ahead to book an appoint­ment, and fol­low the instruc­tions you are giv­en. More infor­ma­tion at the Depart­ment of Heath web­site.

Use healthdi­rec­t’s COVID-19 Symp­tom Checker.

Call the nation­al COVID-18 hot­line for advice: 1800 020 080. (Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.)

If you have severe dif­fi­cul­ty breath­ing, call triple zero (000) immediately.

COVID-19 Facts and Myths

Infor­ma­tion for Abo­rig­i­nal peoples

If you have a sore throat, fever or cough and are con­cerned you have coro­n­avirus, call the Con­gress COVID-19 hot­line on 08 8959 4782.

Coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) mes­sages in language

NT Gov­ern­ment advice for communities

Michael Lid­dle explains the impor­tance of lis­ten­ing to health advice.

(Cred­it: Cen­tral Land Coun­cil)

Robert Hoosan advis­es peo­ple to stay in com­mu­ni­ties and coop­er­ate with the cur­rent state restrictions.

(Cred­it: Cen­tral Land Coun­cil)

Robert Hoosan and Michael Lid­dle act out social distancing.

(Cred­it: Cen­tral Land Coun­cil)

Sean Chool­bur­ra offers tips for Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties to stay healthy, strong and con­nect­ed dur­ing the COVID-19 out­break.

(Cred­it: Depart­ment of Health)

The above images have been used with per­mis­sion from the Cen­tral Land Coun­cil.