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If you believe you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor, don’t visit, or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.
NACCHO Communique Corona Virus Alerts
2.NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW: 1300 066 055
VIC: 1300 651 160
QLD: 13 432 584
WA: 08 9222 8588
SA: 1300 232 272
TAS: 1800 671 738
ACT: 02 6205 2155
NT: 08 8922 8044
Australian EMERGENCY Notice; Contact Numbers by State ☎
If you feel unwell, have a fever or sore throat. PLEASE do not go to the medical centre/family clinic or the hospital, please contact the communicable disease control branch direct
Please don’t present to your ACCHO or the emergency ward, keep our nurses and doctors safe.
You may be turned away and told to call the number above.
Save your states number above in your phone and call the proper authority.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – check your symptoms and get information
Australian governments are focused on working together to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to save lives.
Every extra bit of time allows us to better prepare our health system and put measures in place to protect Australian lives.
We will be living with this virus for at least six months, so social distancing measures to slow this virus down must be sustainable for at least that long to protect Australian lives, allow Australia to keep functioning and keep Australians in jobs.
The Prime Minister, state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers met on 22 March 2020 as the National Cabinet. They agreed to further actions to support social distancing measures already put in place and protect the Australian community from the spread of coronavirus.
Practicing good hygiene and keeping a healthy physical distance between individuals is our most powerful weapon in fighting this virus and saving lives. The failure of some businesses and members of the public to do this puts people’s lives at risk.
We need every Australian to do their bit to save the lives of other Australians
Places of social gathering
National Cabinet agreed to move to more widespread restrictions on social gatherings.
Premiers and Chief Ministers agreed to implement, through state and territory laws, new Stage 1 restrictions on social gatherings, to be reviewed on a monthly basis.
Australians should expect these measures to be in place for at least 6 months.
The following facilities will be restricted from opening from midday local time 23 March 2020:
- Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
- Gyms and indoor sporting venues
- Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
- Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
- Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).
Isolated remote community hubs are not included in these restrictions.
Other facilities are not impacted, but will be considered under stage 2 restrictions, if necessary.
These measures also apply to outdoor spaces associated with the above venues.
Leaders noted that these enhanced measures build on existing measures to slow the virus and save lives:
- No non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people outside or more than 100 people inside.
- All non-essential indoor gatherings of less than 100 people must have no more than one person per 4sqm. All Australians should expect their local businesses to be following this rule.
- Where possible, keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others
- Avoid non essential travel
- Restrictions on entering aged care homes to protect older Australians
Download the Prime Ministers Press Release
Corona Virus Update from PM 23 March
The health and wellbeing of all Australians remains our highest priority as we manage the threat of COVID-19 in remote communities.
From Monday, 23 March 2020, the following arrangements will apply to the Community Development Programme (CDP):
- Requirements for CDP service providers to deliver services face-to-face will be removed. This will limit job seekers and CDP staff need to travel within or between communities.
- Work for the Dole and other activities delivered in group settings will be suspended. This will support social distancing measures.
- CDP Providers will be directed to refresh risk assessments for a range of activities, including work experience placements and a range of other activities. Activities will only be continued on a case-by-case basis, where appropriate and in line with advice from Health
- Job seekers engaged in online training or other online activities will have the flexibility to continue these activities on a voluntary basis with the support of their CDP service provider.
The National Indigenous Australians Agency has instructed CDP service providers to not apply any job seeker compliance action, such as financial penalties, while the biosecurity arrangements announced by the Prime Minister on 20 March 2020 are in place.
I have also put in place arrangements to lift any existing suspensions and penalties for CDP job seekers.
CDP Providers play an important role in the day to day life of the communities where they operate. Jobseekers will be able to access services on a voluntary basis where it is considered safe to do so.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading in Australia, the virus makes people sick. It can be dangerous, especially for our Elders or people who are already unwell.
Governments’ number one priority is to save lives by slowing the spread of coronavirus.
Travelling to other towns and cities could increase the chance of you and your family getting sick.The safest place for you to stay is in your own community.
To help keep people living in remote areas safe, governments will soon restrict the movement of people into these areas. Community members are encouraged to return to their own community as soon as possible.
Once the restrictions are in place, community members will need to self-isolate for 14 days, outside of their community, before they can return.
People already in their own remote community should stay there unless it is essential to leave for medical treatment. If you leave now, it is likely that you will need to self-isolate for 14 days before you can return home.
Governments are working hard to make sure essential services and supplies will continue to remote areas.
We can all play a part in stopping the spread of the virus and keeping our communities strong.
More information is available on the NIAA website at www.niaa.gov.au.
Information on how to protect yourself, what to do if you are concerned or feeling unwell and other important information is available on health.gov.au.
Added by NACCHO
2.NEW SOUTH WALES
Testing for COVID-19 in NSW is recommended for
- Travellers from overseas with onset of respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of return
- Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases with respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of last contact
- Healthcare workers with recent onset of respiratory symptoms AND fever irrespective of travel history. Healthcare workers who have fever OR respiratory symptoms should be assessed for testing on a case by case basis
- Patients admitted to hospital with acute respiratory illness or unexplained fever
- Patients with acute respiratory illness or fever in high risk settings such as hospitals, aged care facilities, residential care facilities, boarding schools, cruise ships
- Patients with acute respiratory illness or fever presenting with reported links to settings where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred
- Patients with unexplained respiratory symptoms or fever in Aboriginal rural and remote communities.
Support Hotline opens for vulnerable Queenslanders in COVID-19 quarantine
Queenslanders in home quarantine as a result of COVID-19 will be able to access advice, information and support through the Queensland Government’s Community Recovery Hotline.
Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke today (21 March) announced the hotline had been activated by the Palaszczuk Government to support people who have been advised to quarantine at home by a medical professional, Queensland Health or through government direction.
“Most Queenslanders have been self-reliant and made their own arrangements for their period of quarantine,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“However, we know that some people who are in quarantine aren’t able to organise the delivery of essential food and medications they may need.
“These Queenslanders are now able to phone the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.
“Our staff will be able to work with partner organisations to arrange non-contact delivery of essential food and medication to people in quarantine who have no other means of support.
“The Community Recovery Hotline may also be used by people who chose to self-isolate to ask for social and emotional telephone support.
Mrs O’Rourke said the Community Recovery Hotline was currently intended to help the most vulnerable Queenslanders in quarantine.
“At this time the hotline is only for people in quarantine, and only for those who have no other support mechanisms,” she said.
“Queenslanders who require health advice or information while in quarantine or self-isolation should call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit http://www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus ).”
QLD: 13 432 584