Coronavirus Update #8

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As of midday, 3 July 2020, COVID-19 restrictions will further ease.  Due to current community transmission levels, the border with Victoria will remain closed and be strengthened.  Any person (whether a Queensland resident or a non-Queensland resident) who has been in any local government area within the state of Victoria within the last 14 days should not come to Queensland.  If they do, they must undergo mandatory quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for a minimum of 14 days.  Queensland residents must not travel to any local government area in Victoria.  The Queensland Government will implement enhanced border control measures, including border passes and identification screening; it is crucial 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 of 6 July 2020, Central West, Queensland has NO confirmed cases.

CURRENT STATUS

  • All persons entering Queensland must complete and sign a border declaration stating they have not been to any local government area in Victoria in the past 14 days. Penalties apply for false statements.
  • All flights will be checked, and road vehicle borders will be enforced.
  • Police will enforce the quarantine.
  • A person who refuses testing in quarantine will be subject to a further 10-day period at cost.

FAMILY FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY

The current restrictions will be eased in stages. As of 12:00 pm Friday, July 3, the following will be permitted:

All of Queensland:

  • Private, non-commercial (e.g. home) gatherings of up to 100 with friends and family.
  • Weddings and funerals (max 100 people)
  • The maximum number of persons at museums, art galleries, libraries and historic sites determined by the one person by 4 square metre rules.
  • Sports, recreation and fitness organisations including the Winton Gym is now open as per the COVID Safe Industry Plan.
    • Resumption of activity, including competition and physical contact, is permitted on the field of play.
    • Indoor sports facilities can open with one person per 4 square metres (off the field of play)
    • Outdoor sports facilities can open with physical distancing (off the field of play)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

  • The 4-square metre rule determines the maximum number of customers for businesses at any one time.
  • For smaller venues below 200 square metres, businesses can have one person per 2 square metres up to 50 people at a time.
  • Gaming and gambling venues, including electronic gaming machines, may re-open with a COVID Safe Plan.
  • More events allowed:
    • Fewer than 500 people – no approval needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist
    • 500 to 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units.
  • COVID Safe Industry Plans continue to apply with revisions to reflect changes in Stage 3. COVID Safe checklists continue to apply.

2020 INFLUENZA VACCINE SUPPLY

Queensland Health has commenced distribution of funded influenza vaccine in two rollouts:

  1. The first rollout will ONLY contain Fluad Quad® for those aged 65 years and over. This vaccine is not for any other age group.
  2. The second rollout, around mid-June, will contain additional Fluad Quad® and quadrivalent vaccines for all other eligible groups.

Who is eligible?

  • Children aged six months to under five years
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and over
  • Adults aged 65 years and over
  • People aged six 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.

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.
  • Make sure you practice good hygiene and stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid gatherings that aren’t essential.
  • Wash your hands often and properly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based rub.
  • You can download the COVIDSafe app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  • 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 that 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-metres.
  • Social Distancing Floor Stickers can be purchased online with same day dispatch.

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)
  • Your Mental Wellbeing Support Services
  •  https://mentalwellbeing.initiatives.qld.gov.au/support

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.