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One year on from the North-West outbreak and how the hospital is moving from a place of fear to a place of hope | The Advocate

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It has been about a year since the day a history-making announcement threw Coasters’ lives into turmoil – a regional lockdown, designed to “crush the virus at its source”. The North West Regional and North West Private hospitals were forcibly shut down by the government, more than 5000 hospital employees and their families were sent into quarantine, and all ‘non-essential’ stores in the North-West were forced to close. The state of Tasmania flexed powers it may not have even known it had, sending police to patrol the streets and knock on doors to ensure the community adhered to what was then the strictest public health rules in the country. The extraordinary move was made in response to the biggest, fastest outbreak of…



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