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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Managing the Risk of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

We haveheard lots about this virus and the news about this virus continues to develop on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.

The COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) outbreak has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and it continues to create massive disruption across the world. Currently the Australian Government is actively increasing controls in response to new infections, the latest being the banning of gatherings over 500 people and 14 day isolation from people returning from overseas.

At this point what is known is that we need to be aware of others and our situations so if we come into casual contact with someone who is infected with Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) then we need to take certain actions.

  • If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of overseas travel or are in contact with someone else who has Coronavirus, seek medical attention: call your GP, Healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or in an emergency, your local hospital emergency department
  • Protect yourself and others: clean your hands regularly, cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Face masks aren’t recommended for people without symptoms. Importantly – stay at home if you’re feeling unwell.

Ensuring that Essential Services Continue

Fortunately Australia has one of the best health systems in the world however the rate of transmission must be controlled to allow our system to cope. Council must do what it can as an employer and as a public authority to help reduce the rate of transmission.

That said, the Health Departments (State and Federal) will be the lead-agency not councils, but Warrumbungle Shire still has a very significant role to play. Council’s role is ensuring the critical services that we provide continue, as we do in times of other emergencies such as bushfires, storms and floods.

Council is well prepared to provide continuous service while ensuring the community and our own safety is protected. Council does have a Business Continuity Plan in place and this is being reviewed with those critical services in mind.


Events

Due to recent Public Health Covid-19 Public Events Order 2020, it is being strongly recommended that all event organisers rethink and reconsider their upcoming events, meetings, gatherings & or festivals to reduce the risk and impact of large scale person to person transmission within our community. 

The NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has made an Order under Section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 to force the immediate cancellation of major events with more than 500 people.  

Due to increased public concern, to protect the health of stakeholders and visitors, and in response to the Prime Minister and COAG's direction that any organised mass gathering over 500 be cancelled. Like with other matters relating to the virus responsibility for managing this does not rest with local councils but still Warrumbungle Shire is encouraging organisers of such events to act responsibility and comply with the requirements. For those events that do not meet these numbers then organisers should conduct a risk assessment of their event.

Overseas Travel

The Federal Government is advising all Australians to reconsider their need for overseas travel at this time. Find out more from the Smart Traveller website.

Please practice good hygiene and look out for others in this time.

 

Media: Roger Bailey | (02) 6849 2000

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2020

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