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The data in the dashboard is updated daily and is available online for all Canberrans.

14 May 2020

The ACT Government's COVID-19 dashboard provides the community with visibility of how the ACT is tracking, and shows how our combined efforts are slowing the spread of the virus.

Data is updated daily providing a current and detailed view of the situation in the ACT and can be viewed online.

The dashboard shows confirmed ACT cases by gender, age and region as well as the date of notification and source of the virus.

Below we have the answers to some commonly asked questions about the dashboard, which you can also find on the COVID-19 website.

We’ve also included some details about who may be considered infectious and what to do if you test positive after being released from quarantine.

How do we define active and recovered on the dashboard?

National COVID-19 guidelines are used to determine when a person is considered no longer infectious and can be released from isolation, they are deemed recovered.

The criteria include the time since symptoms started and the time since symptoms stopped. Up until that point, a person is considered an active case.

How can someone who tests positive for the virus not be infectious?

The highly sensitive test works by detecting fragments of genetic material that are specific to the virus.

The tests can detect fragments of dead virus that remain even after a person is no longer infectious.

These dead fragments of virus cannot cause a new infection in another person.

We cannot tell from the test result whether it is an alive or dead virus that is being detected, therefore we must come to a conclusion based on the results of a detailed public health investigation.

How can infected people who have returned from overseas still test positive after being released from quarantine?

During the two-week quarantine period, travellers are monitored for symptoms in case they are within their incubation period, meaning they have been exposed to the virus but have not yet developed symptoms.

Those who remain asymptomatic throughout this two-week period are not required to be tested when they finish their quarantine, in accordance with national guidelines.

Mandatory quarantining and testing of those with symptoms has successfully minimised the numbers of new infections in Australia.

However, some people may have previously had COVID-19 and recovered prior to their quarantine period. This is particularly true for people who arrived in Australia earlier this year from countries where community transmission of COVID-19 was widespread.

For these people, there is still a chance they can have a persistent weekly positive test, even weeks after their arrival into Australia and after completing their quarantine period.

This is because the test is so sensitive that it can detect virus fragments in some people for several weeks after a person was infectious and is no longer capable of infecting others.

For further updates, health advice or to view the dashboard, visit the COVID-19 website.

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