Premier Peter Gutwein said the first thing Tasmanians should do if they think they have the coronavirus is call the public health hotline on 1800 671 738.
"They should have a conversation with one of the professionals on the end of it to test whether or not they would be in a high risk group," he said.
It was reported earlier in the week that people who called the line were waiting up to 24 hours for a return call.
The phoneline has been better resourced since then, Mr Gutwein said.
"My understanding is we had a surge during the week, but we have now set up a larger call centre and we are well resourced to be able to manage the flow of calls that we're getting," he said.
A specialised coronavirus testing clinic has been set up near the Launceston General Hospital but it is not possible to show up and be tested - you must be referred first.
The clinic is in the Allambi building at 33 Howick Street, open daily from 10am to 6pm.
GPs are not able to test for the coronavirus. But they are able to refer patients to the specialised coronavirus testing clinic.
Some GPs have limited when they will see patients with possible coronavirus symptoms. For example, the Launceston Medical Centre will only see patients with symptoms like coughing, fever and a sore throat during weeknights and from 1pm to 5pm on weekends.
To limit your chances of catching coronavirus, "social distancing" is recommended: staying far enough away from other people so that the coronavirus does not spread to you.
Some workplaces have instituted working from home to achieve this aim, and this is also why the federal government has asked all non-essential public gatherings to cease from Monday.
The virus spreads through: close contact with an infectious person, contact with droplets from a cough or sneeze if you are within a metre, or by touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs, sink taps and tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
All Australians including Tasmanians are strongly advised to reconsider any non-essential overseas travel.
However, interstate travel is not advised against at this stage.
The symptoms of coronavirus are flu-like and include fever, coughing, sore throat and fatigue, and shortness of breath.
Most people recover however it can be fatal, especially for people who are older and have other health conditions.
The fatality rate worldwide has been in between 0.6 per cent and 4.4 per cent depending on the country - and the healthcare and mitigation strategies enacted within the country.
It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show after a person has been infected.