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COVID-19 prevention guidelines issued to Aged Care providers
Residential aged care providers will be encouraged to limit visits under national guidelines aimed at the prevention and control of coronavirus.
Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck said the advice from the Communicable Disease Network of Australia issued to aged care facilities around Australia outlines the precautionary measures for residents, staff and their families as the Federal Government continues to implement strategies to contain the virus.
It includes the recommendation that family and friends limit visits to residential care centres, particularly for residents already suffering from chronic illness.
The Health Department will continue to work with aged care peak bodies to finalise more detailed guidance developed by the Communicable Diseases Network (CDN) regarding visitor access, the management of non-compliant residents and physical distancing.
It follows the release of AHPPC recommendations for wider distancing measures.
Minister Colbeck said the measures are of most importance for people over 60, particularly those with chronic illness.
The Chief Medical Officer has also written to the aged care sector with advice about preparedness to support aged care recipients.
It’s hoped the implementation of the guidelines will reinforce the Australian Government’s comprehensive $2.4 billion health package which includes allocations to fund a new Medicare telehealth service, a dedicated COVID-19 national hotline, bulk-billed pathology tests within aged care facilities and infection control training for residential and in home aged care workers.
Additional advice will be provided following further considerations by the CDN.
Fact sheets are available at the Department of Health’s website https://www.health.gov.au/
and will be updated as new information becomes available.
A 24-hour Coronavirus Health Information Line, run by healthdirect, has also been set up for public enquiries at 1800 020 080.
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Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) and Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) have plans in place for COVID-19 testing and are prepared to respond to Coronavirus.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) hospitals and staff are well equipped to deal with infectious illness, including COVID-19. Emergency Departments, Intensive Care Units and specialised treatment and isolation areas are available in the event that we need to care for patients with COVID-19.
NSW Health is recommending people with acute, cold, flu-like symptoms who are returned travellers, or a contact of a confirmed case, be tested for COVID-19.
Samples for testing can be taken directly by GPs, or at Wagga Wagga and Griffith Base Hospital screening clincs. People who are concerned are advised to:
call HealthDirect 1800 022 222, where a nurse will triage them over the phone and advise as needed or
contact your GP to arrange an appointment and let them know in advance if you have symptoms (Symptoms might include fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath)
MLHD and MPHN encourage members of the public who need information to visit the NSW Health website at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases
**** If you are concerned if you may have come into contact with someone please call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450, or call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222
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