Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. 

Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene can prevent infection.

There is a lot of information in the media and social media about COVID-19. Some of this information is inaccurate or out of date and can cause panic and anxiety. 

You can avoid this by ensuring that you source information through reliable sources like Congress' Facebook page, AMSANT or the NT Government.

Frequently asked questions

1. What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
Do not attend the clinic or hospital. If you feel unwell and have travelled anywhere outside the NT, you should call Congress' COVID-19 hotline on 8959 4782. In the event that you need to be tested, you will be asked to remain at home and we will visit you for assessment.
2. What happens when I get tested
You will need to remain at home in isolation. We will conduct a nasal or throat swab if required. If you cannot safely remain at home you will be given a mask to wear.
3. Can I travel interstate or to community?
Travel restrictions are in place to protect residents of the Northern Territory, including remote communities. If you travel outside the NT you will be required to be isolated for 14 days on returning. This will be enforced by the government, with penalties for those who do not comply.

There are some key things we can all do to protect ourselves and our families from Coronavirus. These include:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds regularly 
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow 
  • Throw used tissues in bin 
  • Don’t smoke 
  • Don’t share toothbrushes 
  • Don’t share smokes and drinks
  • Don’t spit 
  • Don’t share chewing tobacco 
  • Stay 3 steps away from others 
  • Avoid big crowds