COVID-19 Information

 

29 April 2020

Cautious easing of restrictions thanks to WA’s COVID-19 progress

  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings for up to 10 people will be allowed including weddings, outdoor personal training, and open house or display village inspections
  • Easing of some of WA's stage 3 restrictions effective Monday, April 27 2020
  • Changes follow the encouraging and successful response to the pandemic in WA
  • Allows families and friends to interact more freely, with good social distancing 

Read the full statement by clicking on the link 
https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/04/Cautious-easing-of-restrictions-thanks-to-WAs-COVID-19-progress.aspx

 

28 April 2020

COVID-19 coronavirus: Community advice

  • Updated gathering information 
  • Religious services during COVID-19
  • Interstate and regional travel
  • Hygiene, etc.

https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-community-advice

 

14 April 2020
Farmers' relief fund administered by the Salvation Army. If you are a farmer, farm worker, farm supplier or farm contractor you might be eligible for a payment of up to $3,000. Read here to find out more. 

 

COVID-19 Emergency Volunteering
Volunteering WA have launched a new emergency volunteering website calling on people to assist in delivering essential services during this time. 
 
Local governments and any other volunteer involving organisation are encouraged to contact Volunteering WA here if they require volunteers.  

https://emergency.volunteer.org.au/organisations

 

Funerals and reducing the spread of COVID-19

 

Centacare - COVID-19 Counselling Hotline

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. Find out how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms.

To help stop the spread of the virus, you should:

  • stay at home (except leaving to go to work or do essential shopping); 
  • practise social distancing (at least 1.5m, no gathering, no visitors);
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, or hand sanitiser;
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your inner elbow; and
  • if you have arrived from overseas, or you have been in contact with a someone who tested positive, you will need to self isolate for 14 days.

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Symptoms 

If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath

If you are sick and think you might have COVID-19, check your symptoms using healthdirect's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker: Coronavirus (COVID-19) ONLINE Symptom Checker

Commonwealth Support 

The Australian Tax Office will administer Federal measures to help the economy and community withstand and manage the COVID-19 impact. To find out more, click here

 

New Intrastate Travel Restrictions Come into Place Midnight Tuesday, 31 March

From midnight Tuesday night (12am Wednesday morning), restrictions will be placed on travel within the entire State of Western Australia. Western Australian intrastate travel is defined as movement through the boundaries of the regions of Western Australia.

These regions are:

  • Perth and Peel (due to their close proximity, the Perth and Peel regions will combine into one region)
  • South West
  • Great Southern
  • Goldfields-Esperance
  • Mid-West
  • Gascoyne
  • Pilbara
  • Kimberley

Western Australians will not be permitted to leave their regional boundary. Police have the power to enforce these restrictions and fines of up to $50,000 can be issued. 

Exemptions will apply for:

  • employment purposes
  • medical reasons
  • health and emergency services
  • people living in ‘border communities’, who may not have access to groceries or supplies within their region
  • transport of essential goods, and
  • compassionate grounds.

Access to designated regions including the Kimberley, including the entire Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku, parts of the Shire of East Pilbara (that encompass the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra) have additional stronger restrictions in place.

This is to help curb the spread of COVID-19 into our very vulnerable communities, which could have catastrophic consequences. Further details on how the restrictions will operate and application process for exemptions will be provided before the restrictions come into force.

The Mid West is made up of 17 local government authorities:

  • Carnamah
  • Chapman Valley
  • Coorow
  • Cue
  • Greater Geraldton
  • Irwin
  • Meekatharra
  • Mingenew
  • Morawa
  • Mount Magnet
  • Murchison
  • Northampton
  • Perenjori
  • Sandstone
  • Three Springs
  • Wiluna
  • Yalgoo

Mental Health 

LIFE IN MIND AUSTRALIA The COVID-19 outbreak may generate a range of impacts on community and individual mental health and wellbeing. This may include preoccupation with specific details related to COVID-19 in addition to increased anxiety, stress or worry within individual families and communities.

The impact of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing may also extend to those who experience quarantine or self-isolation. To support the community during this period the Life in Mind team at Everymind has worked with the suicide prevention and mental health sectors, and in collaboration with the National Mental Health Commission to provide a comprehensive list of resources to support those affected.

https://www.lifeinmindaustralia.com.au/support-for-those-impacted-by-adverse-events/mental-health-support-for-covid-19

 

NORTH MIDLANDS PROJECT
In response to the changing dynamics of the community, the North Midlands Project has launched a Creative @ Home program for people to Act-Belong-Commit while they're in home isolation. The resources encourage people to stay mentally active and connected with others while having fun, getting creative and learning new things. 

The rationale behind the program is the heavy impact that quarantine and home isolation can have on mental health. For more on this, see https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30460-8/fulltext#  

We are delighted to announce Famous Sharron as the Act-Belong-Commit Creative @ Home GLAMbassador for the program. GLAMbassador is a play on words - glam being short for glamorous but also the acronym for creative and cultural institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums). 

Phase one of the program is now live at www.northmidlands.org.au/creative-at-home

 

Other useful links

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus

 National Coronavirus Helpline (1800 020 080) for advice.