COVID-19 exposure sites in Katherine, Darwin and what to do if you’ve visited them

Northern Territory health authorities have released a list of COVID-19 public exposure sites in the Top End after a positive case was detected in the community. 

The list was released following a press conference on Monday, when NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced a 72-hour lockdown in Greater Darwin and Katherine from 12:00pm (ACST).

According to the NT government’s COVID-19 website, there are now five close-contact sites, four in Darwin and one in Katherine.

There are also four casual contact sites, including three in Darwin and one in Katherine.

Several low-risk locations, which have not been classified as exposure sites, have also been identified. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the sites, and what to do if you’ve been there.

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Five high-risk sites

Five locations across Darwin and Katherine have been classified as high-risk COVID-19 public exposure sites.

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Anyone who visited these venues at the relevant times is now classified as a close contact.

These include:

  • The Darwin Mini Mart on Smith Street in the Darwin CBD, between 6:00pm and 6:15pm on Friday, August 13
  • Salvatores Cafe in the Darwin CBD between 6:00pm and 6:15pm on Friday, August 13
  • Outback Steaks & Curry on Mitchell Street in the Darwin CBD, between 1:45pm and 3:00pm on Saturday, August 14
  • The Darwin Mini Mart on Smith Street in the Darwin CBD, between 2:40pm and 2:50pm on Saturday, August 14
  • The Knotts Crossing Resort Reception in Katherine between 1:15pm and 2:00pm on Sunday, August 15

Close contacts need to:

  1. 1.Immediately go into self-quarantine
  2. 2.Call the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 to let them know you’re a close contact and book a test
  3. 3.Get tested
  4. 4.Stay in self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of the test result

If you can’t self-quarantine at home, you’ll be taken to the Howard Springs quarantine facility to self-isolate.

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Mr Gunner released the list of COVID-19 exposure sites at a press conference on Monday.(

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Four casual contact sites

Four casual contact sites have been identified, three in Darwin and one in Katherine.

These include:

  • The Avis car rental counter at Darwin International Airport between 11:30am and 11:45am on Friday, August 13
  • The Smith Street Mall in the Darwin CBD, on Friday, August 13 — time to be advised
  • The Hilton Hotel on Mitchell Street in the Darwin CBD, on Friday, August 13 — time and which specific areas of the hotel to be advised
  • Woolworths in Katherine between 12:30pm and 1:00pm on Sunday, August 15

Casual contacts need to:

  1. 1.Immediately go into self-quarantine
  2. 2.Call the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 to let them know you’re a casual contact and book a test
  3. 3.Get tested
  4. 4.Stay in self-quarantine until your test returns a negative result

Low-risk locations

Several locations have been identified as low-risk locations.

They have not been classed as exposure sites, though authorities are monitoring CCTV footage to ensure no high-risk contact took place.

These locations include:

  • Darwin International Airport on the night of Thursday, August 12, and both early morning and around midnight on Friday, August 13
  • The Royal Darwin Hospital testing clinic on the morning of Sunday, August 15
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Darwin International Airport has been classed as a low-risk location.(

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Visitors to these locations need to monitor their symptoms, and if they develop symptoms self-quarantine and get tested. 

Health authorities are also contacting all the passengers on Qantas flight QF1429 that landed in Darwin late on Thursday night.

For more information and a full list of exposure sites, visit the NT government’s website.

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