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LGH pressure, no new COVID deaths


Tasmania has recorded a second straight day without any COVID-related deaths. 

899 new cases have been reported in the latest figures from Public Health, down from 913 on Tuesday.

There are now 51 COVID-positive cases in hospital, but only 22 of them are being treated specifically for the virus, compared to 26 on Tuesday.

The number of patients in the ICU has risen to two, while the number of active infections statewide is down to 5482.

It comes as the Health Department explores options to alleviate a crunch on in-patient beds at the Launceston General Hospital.

A COVID-19 outbreak has forced a lockdown of the 5D medical ward, affecting patient flow through the hospital.

Authorities are looking to utilise capacity at private and district facilities, and have warned people against attending the LGH Emergency Department unless their condition is life-threatening.

"We're seeing this right across Australia; our hospitals are experiencing significant acute care demand and to probably exacerbate the situation we do have a COVID outbreak on Ward 5D at the LGH," Health Secretary Katherine Morgan-Wicks told Tasmania Talks on Wednesday.

So far eight patients and two staff members have tested positive, but more testing is underway, including for people who visited the ward recently.

Tasmanians who need medical assistance that is not urgent or life-threatening are being told to contact the 24/7 Health Direct service on 1800 022 222, or explore booking an appointment with a local GP, including available after-hours services, in the Launceston CBD and Newstead.

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