Coronavirus Update #5

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As COVID-19 preparations continue to evolve, it is important to keep up to date with current information. Queensland Health and Central West HHS websites and Facebook pages continue to be regularly updated. Stay up-to-date with accurate information by visiting Queensland Health. As at 4 pm Monday 6 April, Central West Queensland has NO confirmed cases.

CURRENT STATUS

  • From Friday 3 April, border restrictions have been tightened across Queensland.
  • As per Chief Health Officer directions, only Queensland residents and those considered exempt can enter Queensland from interstate, and people are only allowed to leave their home if absolutely necessary, for a permitted reason, with members of their household or one other person.
  • The number of people in a household is limited to the usual occupants, plus two visitors who are family or close friends. Residents must take steps to encourage social distancing.
  • Most people (around 80%) will only develop mild illness and recover easily. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop severe illness.
  • You are at higher risk of infection if you have had face-to-face contact with a confirmed case for more than 15 minutes or have shared an enclosed space with them for more than two hours.

CHANGES TO ORAL HEALTH SERVICES

  • From Wednesday 1 April, routine and other non-urgent elective dental appointments are being postponed as part of Queensland Health’s coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Emergency oral health services will continue to be delivered.

CHANGED ACCESS TO HOSPITALS AND PRIMARY HEALTH CENTRES

  • The main entry door is closed and signage will inform emergency department patients about access options.
  • Hospital inpatients are limited to one visitor at a time. If you are unwell you should not be visiting anyone in hospital. All visitors will be asked questions to determine if they can safely enter.

2020 INFLUENZA VACCINE SUPPLY

  • Queensland Health has commenced distribution of funded influenza vaccine in two rollouts
  • The first rollout will ONLY contain Fluad Quad® for those aged 65 years and over. This vaccine is not for any other age group.
  • The second rollout, around mid-April, will contain additional Fluad Quad® and quadrivalent vaccines for all other eligible group.
  • Who is eligible?
    • Children aged 6 months to under 5 years
    • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
    • Adults aged 65 years and over
    • People aged 6 months and older with medical conditions putting them at increased risk of severe influenza and complications
  • Refer to the Australian Immunisation Handbook for further details.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE

  • To assist renters impacted by COVID-19 who have become homeless, or are at risk of becoming homeless, who have exhausted all options including negotiation of a payment arrangement with the landlord or agent, a special one-off payment of up to four weeks rent (maximum $2000) may be available.

Click here for more information on COVID-19 Rental Grant eligibility.

TESTING CRITERIA

  • A person is eligible for testing if they have a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms, and, in the last 14 days:
    • they were a close contact or a household contact of a confirmed case
    • they had been overseas, including on a cruise.
  • Testing is also possible for people who have a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms, AND:
    • work in vulnerable settings such as healthcare, aged or residential care, military, correction facilities, detention centres and boarding schools
    • live in an area where an outbreak has occurred
    • live in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

BULK BILLED GP CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH

  • From Monday 30 March, CWHHS General Practice clinics will provide GP consultation over the phone or via video-conference. Contact your local GP clinic for more information.

HELP STOP THE SPREAD

  • We want you to practice social distancing, which means:
    • Stay home as much as possible.
    • Keep 1.5 metres away from others as much as possible.
    • Avoid shaking hands, kissing or hugging others.
    • If you can, work from home.
    • Avoid gatherings that aren’t essential.
    • Wash your hands often and properly with soap and water, or use alcohol-based rub.
  • If you’re self-quarantining and you start to feel unwell, you should seek immediate medical attention. Call ahead to your GP or emergency department, so they can prepare for your visit.
  • All essential day-to-day activities and businesses can proceed but they must ensure the space is big enough for one person per four-square-meters.
  • There is no need to excessively stockpile anything.

CARE ARMY

  • A Care Army of professionals and volunteers is being established to support vulnerable Queenslanders.
  • To support seniors who don’t have family, friends or neighbours, register for the Care Army on 1800 173 349
  • There were 18,053 Care Army registrations as at 4pm 5 April.

Click here for more information.

COMMUNITY RECOVERY HOTLINE

  • The Community Recovery Hotline supports vulnerable Queenslanders during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • It works with partner organisations to arrange non-contact delivery of essential food and medication to people in quarantine with no other means of support.
  • The Community Recovery Hotline - a free call on 1800 173 349 - will link seniors and other vulnerable Queenslanders to essential services and support.

Click here for more information.

KEY CONTACTS

  • Winton Shire Council (4657 2666)
  • Winton Neighbourhood Centre (4657 2680)
  • Triple zero (000)
  • 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
  • Winton Hospital (4657 2700)
  • Winton Medical Practice (4657 2755)

For any questions or concerns regarding the above information please contact Jessica Greenaway, Director of Community and Economic Development on 4657 2666 or email JessicaG@winton.qld.gov.au.