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.


Electric dream

Feb 26, 2021

Intyalheme Project Manager Hannah Farrow on her new experience: driving an electric vehicle.

A clean and connected energy future for Alice Springs

Aug 14, 2020

Lessons learnt during the Alice Springs Future Grid project will directly inform Australia's clean energy transition.

DKA Hosts Their Excellencies, General the Honourable David Hurley and Mrs Linda Hurley

Aug 10, 2020

Desert Knowledge Australia was honoured to host His Excel­len­cy the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, at the Desert Knowledge Precinct.