Showing posts with label New South Wales. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New South Wales. Show all posts

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Two hyper-infectious COVID-19 strains now on Australian east coast


According to The Guardian on 7 January 2021: 


A Queensland hotel quarantine worker has contracted the highly infectious UK strain of Covid-19, prompting the state’s health authorities to send aged care homes in parts of greater Brisbane into lockdown. 


The cleaner, a woman in her 20s, was working at a hotel that contained patients with the strain, which has been found to be more infectious than previous strains. 


While The Sydney Morning Herald reported on 8 January 2021: 


Six returned travellers in Sydney have tested positive to the UK variant of the COVID-19 virus and four returned travellers are positive for the South African variant - both believed to be more contagious than earlier strains. 


NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant revealed the 10 people who arrived since November 30 had all been quarantined in special health accommodation - separate from the NSW Police-run hotel quarantine sites. 


A family of four learned they all carried the more infectious South African variant of the virus (known as B1.351) when their preliminary test results came back on Thursday night. All 16 people on their flight from South Africa to Sydney have been moved into the accommodation as a precaution, Dr Chant said. 


Then on 9 January 2021 ABC News reported that a woman;  flew to Brisbane on a Jetstar flight from Victoria and has tested positive for the highly contagious UK variant of coronavirus.


All four of the travellers in NSW with the South African variant of the virus have been discharged from the special accommodation as they were no longer infectious. The other two remain in quarantine in the facility. In an abundance of caution the Victorian woman who travelled to Queensland is also in quarantine.


The South African variant of the virus appears to have emerged in August 2020 while the UK variant was identified in November 2020.



This situation has resulted in changes to public health orders.




Northern NSW Local Health District, media release, 8 January 2021:


The NSW Government has put in place a new Public Health Order to ensure anyone who visits NSW from the Greater Brisbane area, or who has arrived in NSW from this area in recent days, must follow similar ‘stay at home’ rules as those being put in place by the Queensland Government.


Under the Order, anyone entering NSW by any mode of transport from the City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Region, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region, Redland City, Scenic Rim Region, and Somerset Region must go directly to their home or place of accommodation in NSW, and remain there until 6pm on Monday 11 January 2021.


The Order applies to anyone who has arrived in NSW from those areas since 12.01am on 2 January 2021. People who have arrived in NSW after transiting through Brisbane Airport will not be subject to the requirements of the Order, provided they have not been in the listed areas.


Once at their home or place of accommodation, Queensland arrivals are allowed to leave only for the purposes of obtaining food or essential shopping, taking exercise, work duties if they cannot be done from home, caring duties or medical care, until 6pm on Monday.


People coming to Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains) from Queensland or elsewhere are also reminded of the need to wear face masks in certain situations, including while shopping, under a separate Public Health Order signed earlier this week.


In addition, from 6pm today all people arriving in NSW from Queensland by air must also complete a self-declaration form stating their name, address and where they stayed in Queensland, and dates of arrival and departure.


Enforcement officers will have the power to require information and identification documentation to assist in checking compliance.


Anyone who is travelling to NSW from Queensland, or has recently done so, is asked to monitor for even the mildest of symptoms and immediately get tested and isolate if any symptoms develop. Once tested, you must remain in isolation until a negative result is received, in line with the normal advice for all people in NSW.


Anyone who has been in the Greater Brisbane area since 2 January cannot visit people in aged care or health care facilities in NSW.


Genome sequencing has confirmed a Queensland case of COVID-19 has the more transmissible UK variant of the virus. NSW Health continues to closely monitor the situation and regularly updates its health advice.


We will continue to work closely with our colleagues in Queensland and other states and territories to ensure that appropriate public health measures are in place to protect the health and safety of people throughout Australia. [my yellow highlighting] 


Sunday, 3 January 2021

NSW Government update of COVID-19 public health restrictions effective from midnight Saturday, 2 January 2021


NSW Government update of COVID-19 public health restrictions, 2 January 2021:


Given the risk of COVID-19 transmission on the Northern Beaches and across Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains), the following adjustments are being made.


From midnight tonight, the southern zone of the Northern Beaches will be subject to the same restrictions as Greater Sydney.


Restrictions for the northern zone of the Northern Beaches remain the same with stay at home orders in place until 9 January 2021;


  • No visitors to the home.

  • Five northern zone residents can gather outdoors (not at homes) for exercise and recreation, from within the same zone.

  • Non-essential businesses remain closed.


Given the general risk in Greater Sydney, new measures are required to reduce the transmission potential of COVID-19 while maintaining economic activity.


The following measures for Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) are effective from midnight tonight:


  • Face masks will be mandatory in the following indoor settings:

    • shopping (retail, supermarkets and shopping centres)
    • public/shared transport, indoor entertainment (including cinemas and theatres)
    • places of worship
    • hair and beauty premises.
    • Face masks will also be mandatory for all staff in hospitality venues and casinos and for patrons using gaming services.
    • Compliance will start from Monday, 4 January 2021 with $200 on the spot fines for individuals for non-compliance. Children under 12 are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.
  • Gym classes reduced to 30 people.

  • Places of worship and religious services limited to 1 person per 4sqm up to a maximum of 100 people per separate area.

  • Weddings and funerals limited to 1 person per 4sqm up to a maximum of 100 people.

  • Outdoor performances and protests reduced to 500 people.

  • Controlled, outdoor gatherings (seated, ticketed, enclosed) reduced to 2,000 people.

  • Night clubs not permitted.


People are still encouraged to limit non-essential gatherings and reduce their mobility where possible to further minimise the risk of transmission in the community.


Whilst these measures do not apply to areas outside Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains), we urge all residents and visitors across the State to practise COVID safe behaviours and get tested even if symptoms are mild.


Northern NSW Local Health District advice for those living in the NSW Northern Rivers region:


To help stop the spread of COVID-19:


  • If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay. Remain isolated until you receive your test result.

  • Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.

  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

  • Wear a mask when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should sit in the back.


To find your nearest testing clinic visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.


Friday, 1 January 2021

NSW COVID-19 State of Play, 11am 1 January 2021


At 8pm on 31 December 2020 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in New South Wales stood at 3 locally acquired cases in Western Sydney (all males) and 2 cases acquired overseas.


The sources of 2 of these locally acquired cases are not yet known and they join 11 other cases whose sources are still unknown.


To date the Avalon cluster now numbers 146 infected people, the Croydon cluster 9 infected people including 3 children and what is now being called the Wollongong cluster has not been given a defined population - but is possibly as small as two.


Genome testing reveals that the Croydon & Wollongong clusters are connected to the Avalon cluster.


After16 days the NSW Dept. of Health and the Berejiklian Government allegedly have no idea who "Patient Zero" is for the Avalon cluster or how this person became infected.


Active COVID-19 infections have grown to 173 cases and 3 of these people have been admitted to hospital as of 31 December. 


In the last 7 days up until 8pm on 31 December there were a total of 90 new COVID-19 cases - 50 per cent of which were locally acquired infections.


Sadly, the state government is still refusing to mandate mask wearing outside the home in Northern Beaches, Greater Sydney or Wollongong.


Therefore, expect a long, drawn out battle to keep the infection rate below 1 per cent.


Australia Covid-19 State of Play, 11 am 1 January 2021

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers



Thursday, 24 December 2020

How the NSW Covid-19 infection numbers stand early Christmas Eve morning 2020

 

UPDATE:


24 December 2020


18 new cases as of 8pm last night:

 

* 9 new locally acquired cases 

* 7 of which have been confirmed to belong to the Avalon cluster and 2 are under investigation as reside in the Northern Beaches

* Avalon cluster now numbers 104 cases

* 9 new overseas acquired cases.



NSW Health archives its media releases covering the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/2020-nsw-health.aspx.


These media releases show that in the nine days encompassed by 14 to 22 December 2020 the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New South Wales grew by 155 people. However, there were no additional deaths.



23 December 2020



The total number of cases in NSW is now 4,616 since the beginning of the pandemic….. [with 55 deaths recorded]


Of the 16 new cases to 8pm last night:


  • Eight cases are locally acquired, and of these

  • Seven cases are linked to the Avalon cluster

  • One is a close contact of a known case whose source is under investigation

  • Eight cases were acquired overseas and are in hotel quarantine.



22 December 2020



Of the 18 new cases to 8pm last night:


  • Eight cases are locally acquired, and of these

  • Seven cases are linked to the Avalon cluster

  • One case remains under investigation

  • Ten cases were acquired overseas and are in hotel quarantine.



21 December 2029



Of the 23 new cases to 8pm last night:


  • 15 cases are locally acquired and linked to the Avalon cluster

  • Eight were acquired overseas and are in hotel quarantine.



20 December 2020



Of the [36] new cases to 8pm last night:


  • 28 cases are locally acquired and linked to the Avalon cluster

  • Investigations are ongoing into the source of the remaining two cases, both of whom live on the Northern Beaches

  • Six were acquired overseas and are in hotel quarantine.



19 December 2020



Of the [30] new cases to 8pm last night:


  • 21 cases are locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster (Avalon)

  • Two cases are local acquired with their source under investigation

  • Seven were acquired overseas and are in hotel quarantine.



18 December 2020



Of the [16] new cases to 8pm last night:


  • 15 were locally acquired, and the source of their infections are under investigation.

  • One was acquired overseas and is in hotel quarantine



All 15 of the local cases to 8pm last night are Northern Beaches residents announced yesterday, and NSW Health is undertaking urgent investigation and contact tracing to identify potential links and the sources of the infections.



17 December 2020



[9 news cases to 8 pm last night]

NSW recorded three locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.


Two additional new locally acquired cases were notified this morning in the Northern Beaches area in a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s.


The source of these two new infections, which will be included in tomorrow’s case numbers, is under investigation and further updates will be provided throughout the day as information becomes available.


NSW Health is now investigating five locally acquired cases. Four are in the Northern Beaches, and one case is a resident of south Sydney.


Six cases were also reported in returned travellers in hotel quarantine in the 24 hours to 8pm last night….



16 December 2020



[7 news cases to 8pm last night]


NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night…..


Seven cases were reported in overseas travellers. NSW Health has been notified this afternoon of two new cases of COVID-19 in people who live in the Northern Beaches area.


The source of these new infections is under investigation. At this stage, no links have been identified to other known cases.



15 December 2020



[5 new cases up to 8pm last night]



NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.


Five cases were reported in overseas travellers. This brings the total number of cases in NSW since the start of the pandemic to 4,461 [with 55 deaths recorded].



Tuesday, 22 December 2020

It would appear that there are some Northern Beaches residents who don't believe that NSW COVID-19 public health orders apply to them

 

On the morning of 21 December 2020 the Northern Beaches local government area COVID-19 cluster had grown to 86 individuals.


Commencing at 5:02pm on Saturday 19 December, public health orders were put in place for Northern Beaches residents who have been told they are not to leave their home except to go shopping for food or other goods and services, receive medical care or for compassionate needs, exercise and work and education, where these cannot be done from home.


On 21 December 2020 public health orders were also made for Greater Sydney and the NSW Central Coast as contact tracing showed how far infected individuals and their initial contacts had travelled.


However, nine and a half hours into Monday 21 December Queensland Police had already turned around 81 vehicles and directed 112 people into quarantine as a result of random border checks which revealed they may have come from areas covered by these public health orders.


Unfortunately Queensland Police have also discovered that 4 NSW residents allowed to cross the border on condition that they self-quarantine for 14 days have decided to breach quarantine,


Those who have been in Greater Sydney since 11 December are now being denied entry into Queensland and a 'hard border' is being re-established by the Queensland Government, with returning Queenslanders now having to hotel quarantine if they did not cross the border before 1am today.


To date there have reportedly been 27 close contacts of confirmed Sydney Northern Beaches COVID-19 cases found in Queensland, all of which are now in quarantine, with one returning to NSW. Of these 7 appear not yet to be classified as testing negative for the virus.


People from the Northern Beaches are also travelling within New South Wales, though some may have left the Northern Beaches before public health orders were in place.



A Northern Beaches resident was discovered in Shoalhaven on 21 December 2019, having left his/her home after public health order restrictions came into force in the early evening of 19 December.


School holidays began in New South Wales on 21 December and one can almost guarantee we will hear of more Northern Beaches residents deciding that public health orders don't apply to them.


Monday, 21 December 2020

Is opening Sydney back up for Christmas and New Year 2020 the biggest mistake Berejiklian and Morrison can make?

 

It is an open secret that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has managed to cow fellow Liberal NSW, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, into submission and that she alone of the state and territory leaders now follows his personal position of open state borders and the economy over all other considerations during this global pandemic.


The fallacy that communities, states and the nation can safely learn to live alongside SARS-COV-2 has already been played out in the United Kingdom and the United States of America with catastrophic effect.


Four days out from Christmas Day 2020 and the U.K. has already recorded 67,503 deaths from COVID-19 within the last 11 months and the U.S.A. 316,749 deaths within the last 12 months.


Because Australian states and territories have largely resisted embracing that dangerous fallacy, nationally the country has only recoded 908 COVID-19 deaths in the last 11 months and New South Wales 55 of these deaths.


However, this could change in a heartbeat.


This was Head of the Biosecurity Research Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Medicine, Professor Raina MacIntyre, writing in The Sydney Morning Herald on 20 December 2020 on the subject of the current Northern Beaches COVID-19 cluster:


Forty new cases today may become 120 new cases by Christmas Day. Half of them will have no symptoms and the rest will have mild symptoms so will carry on as normal. The peak infectiousness of this virus is very early in the infection, before symptoms appear, making Christmas Day a ticking time bomb.


People infected today and tomorrow may travel half-way across Sydney for the family Christmas lunch and maybe to another household for dinner, possibly infecting a minimum of 360 new people. The 360 people infected on Christmas Day will be at their peak infectiousness on New Year’s Eve, and could infect more than 1000 others. We could be looking at 3000 cases by January 8. You could not plan a disaster more perfectly if you tried.....


If we do not act urgently, Christmas Day will be a super-spreader, followed by the mother of all super-spreading events, New Year’s Eve. The exhausted NSW public health team may begin 2021 with the largest COVID-19 epidemic the state has ever faced.


The idea of “living with a bit of COVID-19” and soldiering on is a falsehood because of exponential growth of epidemic infections. The health system is the weak link – it is the first part of society to break during pandemics. When hospital and ICU beds are full, health workers dead, ill or quarantined, all other medical care becomes compromised. Even in the Ruby Princess-related outbreak in Tasmania, more than 1000 health workers were quarantined, forcing a hospital shutdown. 


Every city that has laboured under the misapprehension that they can carry on with a bit of community transmission has been forced into lockdown when the health system collapsed.....


Mandating masks across greater Sydney will make a difference, especially as people flood shopping malls in huge numbers for Christmas shopping. Without a mandate, we can expect 30-50 per cent at most to wear masks compared to 100 per cent with a mandate. Making masks compulsory early in an epidemic will prevent many more infections and deaths than one issued at the peak.....


Distorted messaging and hygiene theatre have seen people frantically washing hands and wiping surfaces but remaining unaware of masks and ventilation to reduce airborne transmission, which is the dominant mode of spread. Further, 80 per cent of spread occurs indoors.....


If this epidemic has not dwindled to single-digit numbers by Christmas, we need to ban indoor gatherings on New Year’s Eve, including dance parties, nightclubs, pubs and restaurants. If we don’t, these businesses may face even longer closures in the months ahead, as occurred in Melbourne with a three-month lockdown. 


Finally, we must prepare and protect our health and aged care workers. More than 7000 health workers had died of COVID-19 by September globally, and Australian health workers had three times the risk of COVID-19 compared to the general community. We should not wait until 3500 of them are infected (as occurred in Victoria) before providing them better respiratory protection. We should be using the precautionary principle and recognising that the occupational health and safety of health workers lags far behind other industries. 


All planning must consider the exponential growth of epidemics, the role of social mixing and movement in transmission of SARS-COV-2, the calamitous timing of New Year’s Eve within one incubation period of Christmas Day on, and the magnitude of risk this poses. At the same time, we must aim high and aim for herd immunity through vaccination so we do not have to face this situation again.” 


Friday, 18 December 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC AUSTRALIA DECEMBER 2020: New South Wales back to square one just days before Christmas

 

The following newspaper articles make this statement by Australian Prime Minister & Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison look very old and reinforces the oft heard complaint that NSW residents have grown too complacent in their attitudes toward this global pandemic:



ABC News, 17 December 2020:


NSW Health says the Northern Beaches COVID-19 cluster has grown to 17 cases and it has directed all residents in the area to limit their movements.


Residents have been advised to work from home, keep to their household group and avoid all unnecessary gatherings.


"Do not visit friends or relatives in aged care facilities or hospitals unless [it is] essential," a NSW Health statement said.


"Avoid visiting high-risk venues including clubs, restaurants, places of worship and gyms."


Residents have also been urged to avoid unnecessary travel outside their area, while those in other locations have been told to avoid travel into the Northern Beaches.



In a statement, NSW Health said people who had visited the following Northern Beaches locations should get tested immediately and isolate until they received a negative result:


  • Woolworths Mona Vale, 25/29 Park St, Mona Vale, December 13, 12:00pm-12:30pm

  • Aldi Mona Vale, 13 Bungan St, Mona Vale, December 13, 12:45pm-1:30pm

  • Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club, December 13, 14 and 15, 9:00am-9:30am

  • Palm Beach Rockpool, Lot 1 Rock Bath Rd, Palm Beach, December 14, 9:30am-10:30am

  • Woolworths Avalon, 74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach, December 14, 5:00pm-5:30pm

  • Chemist Warehouse, 4/74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach, December 14, 5:20pm-5:25pm

  • Commonwealth Bank, 47 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach, December 51, 12:00pm-12:15pm

  • Mitre 10, 49 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach, December 15, 12:00pm-12:20pm

  • Roof Racks World, 13/87 Reserve Rd, Artarmon, December 15, 2:00pm-2:30pm

  • HongFa BBQ Restaurant, Dee Why, December 15, 4:30pm-4:45pm

  • Dee Why Fruit Market, 33 Oaks Avenue, Dee Why, December 15, 4:45pm-4:55pm

  • North Avalon Cellars, 4/3 N Avalon Rd, Avalon Beach, December 15, 6:00pm-6:05pm

  • Careel Bay Dog Park and Hitchcock Park, Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon, December 16, 7:00am-7:30am

  • Palm Beach Pool, Lot 1 Rock Bath Rd, Palm Beach, December 16, 8:00am-9:00am

  • Brot and Wurst, 1442 Pittwater Rd, North Narrabeen, December 16, 2:00pm-2:05pm

  • Avalon Beach Post Shop, 45 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach, December 16 3:30pm-3:50pm


The director of NSW Health's COVID response branch, Jeremy McAnulty, said he was concerned.


"The new cases are mostly in the northern part of the Northern Beaches. We are currently investigating where they all are and where they may have been," Dr McAnulty said.


"We are asking people on the Northern Beaches to help keep the community safe.


"Please work from home and stay at home as much as possible for the next three days.


"We know this is hard, but it is important we all work together to contain this outbreak.


"Anybody who has even the slightest symptoms, please come forward as soon as they appear so we can find cases."



The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) will meet tonight in response to the cluster.


NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said authorities were working on a theory the virus spread may have originated at the Avalon RSL.


Authorities are urging everyone who attended the club on December 11 to get tested.


A man in his 60s from Frenchs Forest tested positive on Thursday after performing with his band at the club on that day.


He has been travelling extensively with the band.


Testing orders are also in place for anyone who attended the Penrith RSL Club on December 13 (from 1:00pm to 6:00pm) and the Kirribilli Club on December 14 (12:00pm to 3:00pm).


The Department of Education confirmed one of the new COVID-19 cases was an employee at its corporate office in Redfern.


"We directed all staff from the office affected to immediately work remotely from home while we complete the contact tracing process and have the office thoroughly cleaned," a spokesperson for the department said.


All staff at the office have been told to self-isolate until they receive further notice from NSW Health.


Additional locations a COVID-19 person or persons visited:


  • Hungry Ghost Cafe, 20 Avalon Parade, Avalon on Sunday, December 13 between 9.30am and 11am and Tuesday, December 15 between 9.30 and 11am

  • Sneaky Ground Cafe, Avalon Beach on Monday, December 14 between 10.30am and 11am

  • Barramee Thai Massage and Spa, 4/42-44 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach on Monday, December 14 between 2pm and 3.30pm

  • Bangkok Sidewalk Restaurant, 1/21-23 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach on Monday, December 14 between 7pm and 8pm

  • Palm Beach female change rooms on Sunday, December 13 between 9am and 9.15am

  • Coast Palm Beach Cafe, Palm Beach on Sunday, December 13 between 10am and 11am

  • Avalon Bowlo (bowling club), Avalon Beach on Sunday, December 13 between 5pm and 7pm (not 3-5pm as previously reported) and Tuesday, December 15 between 3pm and 5pm

  • Bing Lee, Gateway, 1 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale on Monday, December 14 between 4.30 and 4.45pm

  • Woolworths Avalon Beach on Sunday, December 13 between 12pm and 5pm

  • Oliver’s Pie, Careel Shopping Village, Avalon Beach on Monday, December 14 between 9am and 9.15am


News.com.au, 18 December 2020:


States and territories have been quick to reimpose border restrictions on people travelling from New South Wales in response to the state’s growing coronavirus outbreak.


The news will come as a heavy blow to people who were hoping to cross state lines to see their families at Christmas.


Here’s a snapshot of what they look like:


QUEENSLAND


Queensland’s chief health officer, Dr Jeannette Young, said the new rules would apply to anyone who had been in the Northern Beaches region on or since Friday, December 11.


If that’s you, and you are already in Queensland, you are required to get tested for the virus and quarantine in your home or accommodation until 14 days after the date you left the Northern Beaches.


If you arrived in Queensland on a flight from Sydney after midnight (12am Friday, December 18), the same rule applies.


Finally, if you arrive in Queensland after 1am on Saturday, you’ll be required to go into hotel quarantine at your own expense.


These new requirements affect both interstate visitors and Queensland residents who are returning home.


Dr Young said Queensland Health would continue to “closely monitor the situation”, and provide an update on Friday morning.



WESTERN AUSTRALIA


In Western Australia, anyone arriving from New South Wales from Friday onwards will have to quarantine for two weeks.


If you travelled to WA from NSW since December 11, you must get tested and then self-isolate until you get a negative result.


I understand these changes will cause frustration and uncertainty for some people, and be very upsetting for many families looking to reunite and spend Christmas together,” Premier Mark McGowan said.


This has been a difficult decision to make, but we need to follow the health advice and do what is in the best interest of all Western Australians.”


TASMANIA


Tasmania has banned anyone who’s been in the Northern Beaches area on or since December 11 from entering the state.


If you’re already there, you have been asked to call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to advise it of your movements and book a test.


NORTHERN TERRITORY


The Northern Territory has declared the Northern Beaches a virus hotspot.


Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced anyone travelling to the NT from the region must undertake 14 days of supervised quarantine in either Alice Springs or Darwin, at a cost of $2500 per person.


If you are intending to travel to the Northern Territory from an identified COVID-19 hotspot, you are advised to rethink your plans,” the NT government said.


Anyone who has already arrived in the Northern Territory from Northern Beaches Council LGA on or after December 11 needs to arrange for a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine while awaiting the test results.”


VICTORIA


Victoria has asked anyone who’s been in the Northern Beaches area since December 11 to “stay at home and get tested tomorrow”.


They should stay at home until results are available and especially avoid visiting aged care facilities and hospitals. Further guidance will be issued as information becomes available,” the state’s Department of Health and Human Services said.


In addition, anyone who was in the Northern Beaches region or other NSW exposure sites on or since Friday, December 11 and arrives in Victoria after 12.01am on Friday, December 18, must get tested and quarantine in their home or accommodation for 14 days from the date they left the Northern Beaches.


Further travel advice will be announced on Friday.


AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY


There are no current restrictions for travellers moving to or from the ACT, however this is being monitored closely.


SOUTH AUSTRALIA


South Australia has not made any announcements yet. Currently, those who have come from NSW are urged to monitor themselves and isolate if they develop symptoms.



Friday, 11 December 2020

Try this ABC interactive postcode search to find out how your suburb is faring with regard to access to mental health care


Find out how your postcode can influence whether you need help — and if you’ll get it — at https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-08/covid-mental-health-system-medicare-inequality/12512378?nw=0


This is what the search revealed about Clarence Valley in the NSW Northern Rivers region.


According to ABC News “Story Lab” interactive article on 8 December 2020:


NSW postcodes 2450*, 2456, 2463, 2464, 2465, are post codes with profiles indicating they are somewhat disadvantaged, where 13.7 per cent of people are likely to be highly psychologically distressed.


NSW postcodes 2370*, 2460, 2462, 2466 & 2469* are postcodes with profiles indicating they are most disadvantaged fifth of suburbs, where 18.3 per cent of people are likely to be highly psychologically distressed.


People in these postcodes fall into the area of Clarence Valley.


In Clarence Valley, taxpayers funded 23.49 sessions of care per 100 people, which cost $2,164. The national average is 22.87 sessions for $2,375.


In case you might have been wondering, NSW post code 2229 (where Prime Minister & MP for Cook Scott Morrison indicates his family home is located) and postcode 2063 (where NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian indicates her home is located) have profiles which are among the least disadvantaged so only 9 per cent of people are likely to be highly psychologically distressed.


In Morrison’s post code taxpayers fund 25.42 sessions of care per 100 people, which cost $2,632. That's a higher spend than the national average of 22.87 sessions for $2,375. While in Berejiklian’s postcode taxpayers funded 22.8 sessions of care per 100 people, which cost $2,659. That's nearer the national average of 22.87 sessions for $2,375.


NOTES


* Postcode 2450 predominately covers Coffs Harbour, 2370 predominately covers Inverell-Tenterfield and postcode 2469 predominately covers Richmond-Tweed, with some crossover with the Clarence Valley at edges of these post code ranges.