Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Councils update on the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 18/11/2020

LATEST NEWS:

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today, both people in their teens, linked to the Parafield cluster.

South Australia COVID-19 Update

  • 2 new cases today
  • 35 active COVID-19 cases
  • 9,659 tests yesterday
  • 605,086 tests in total
  • 551 confirmed cases in total
  • 512 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

COVID-19 restriction update

The safety of all South Australians is SA Health’s main priority. SA Health has continually made clear that we will act early and act decisively to stop the spread of COVID-19.

In order to protect the elderly, the vulnerable and the entire South Australian community, we need a circuit breaker.

From midnight tonight, a six-day initial stage will include a series of wide ranging, comprehensive restrictions. This will put a pause on South Australia, so we can stay ahead of the virus.

The circuit breaker will reduce movement in the community, which will also give SA Health contact tracers the opportunity to identify and isolate close contacts relating to the Parafield cluster.

During this circuit breaker, people will only be able to leave the home for the following reasons:

  • essential work
  • one family member per household per day will be able to leave to go to the nearest grocery store, pharmacy or petrol station
  • to seek medical help or in an emergency
  • to undertake COVID-19 testing
  • to feed animals in agricultural areas
  • end of life visits through organised arrangements

While this situation is concerning and challenging for the community, please remain calm and play your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in South Australia.

COVID-19 health alert

Anyone who has visited the Woodville Pizza Bar, 58 Woodville Road, Woodville between 6 and 16 November must self-quarantine immediately for 14 days. This includes people they live with.

People who visited these locations must get a COVID-19 test. Wear a mask when you seek testing. Advise testing staff you have visited the pizza bar.

SA Health has identified a number of locations of concern. Anyone who visited these locations should monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if symptoms appear. The list of locations and advice can be found at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 testing update

From today, the Yamba, Bordertown and Mount Gambier Border (Glenburnie) COVID-19 testing sites will close.

Staff are being moved to metropolitan Adelaide to support the COVID-19 testing response. Port Augusta and Tailem Bend will remain open for overflow.

More testing options and information is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.


Updated 11/08/2020

Latest news:

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Premier announced new COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia that will be enforced as of 12:01am today (4th August 2020).

Following a review of the new Emergency Management Directions (Public Activities No 6)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 Council has been advised of the following:

·        Alcoholic beverages may be consumed by spectators at sporting events at local clubs if the spectator remains seated.

·        Food and beverages (including alcohol) must be consumed by patrons while seated at tables that are physically separate from any bar or are where orders are taken.

·        Food and beverages at a recreational facility (e.g. mini-golf, pool hall, tenpin bowling, high ropes course, etc.) must be consumed at an area separate from a bar/where orders are taken and within the group that are attending the facility.

Click here for a copy of the most updated Frequently Asked Questions .

The State government reminded all South Australians now is not the time to be complacent. We must continue to:

  • Stay home if you are unwell.
  • Keep 1.5 metre distance from others wherever and whenever possible.
  • Adhere to the density requirement of 1 person per 2 square meters.
  • Wash or sanitize hands and common surfaces regularly

Our Response

Council will continue to provide services to the community however, in light of health, welfare and safety  concerns, Council is implementing measures which will result in some changes to the way we deliver our services to enable business continuity.

The Council building, public amenities in Dauncey Street, including the Library and Council depot, will be closed to the public. However, the Library will be operating as a reduced service. Library items can be ordered online or over the phone and collected as advised. Contact our Library Officer on 8553 4516 to make arrangements.

All library programs such as the Holiday Program and Storytime have had to be cancelled.

Payments can be made online, by email or over the phone. If you MUST make a payment in person, please contact Customer Service first. Similarly, any other essential meetings which must be held in person with other Council officers, please contact the officer as you normally would, or contact Customer Service on 8553 4500 to make arrangements.

You will also continue to see our outdoor crews at work, attending to urgent matters and the day to day repairs and maintenance across the island. For urgent requests please contact Customer Service on 8553 4500 or email kicouncil@kicouncil.sa.gov.au

Most public amenities will remain open but people are encouraged to spray seating or wipe with sanitisers before use.

All further developments will be communicated via Council’s website, Facebook page and Council Matters (advertised in The Islander.)

Thank you.


TOGETHER WE CAN HELP STOP THE SPREAD

SA Health advise 6 simple steps to protect you and your loved ones from coronavirus (COVID-19).

While there is no vaccine currently available for coronavirus, there are simple ways we can all stop it from spreading.

  1. Keep your distance (1.5metres) from others where you can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  2. Stay home from work and school if you are unwell. Don’t go shopping or use public transport until you feel better.
  3. Wash your hands regularly, particularly after going to the toilet, blowing your nose and handling used tissues.
  4. Cover coughs and sneezes with a clean tissue or your elbow.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. And don’t handle food unless you have washed your hands.
  6. Wipe down frequently touched surfaces like bathroom sinks and kitchen counters.

Testing clinic (COVID-19) on Kangaroo Island

Please do not attend the testing clinic until advised to do so by the KI Medical Clinic or staff at the Hospital. If you are concerned that you may need testing for COVID-19, please phone the clinic on 8553 2037 during business hours or call the Hospital on 8553 4200 outside of business hours.

You will be asked some screening questions and then advised about what to do next, including car parking instructions. If you are asked to attend the testing clinic, please follow prompts to the isolation area.  PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE HOSPITAL


For the latest information please visit:

SA Health 
sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019

Australian Government Department of Health 
health.gov.au or Download the official government “Coronavirus Australia” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or join our WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.

Smarttraveller 
smarttraveller.gov.au

World Health Organisation 
who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

For more information on Coronavirus and the Government’s response, please visit: treasury.gov.au/coronavirus or australia.gov.au

SA Police - Advice to Essential Travellers
police.sa.gov.au

Or call the 24/7 COVID-19 Triage hotline on: 1800 020 080


Message from the Senator Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Quick Links to Government Support for Businesses and households impacted by COVID-19

  • Jobkeeper Payment - Employers will be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment if:
    - their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 30 per cent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); or
    - their business has a turnover of $1 billion or more and their turnover will be reduced by more than 50 percent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); and
    - the business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy.
  • Employers must elect to participate in the scheme. You can do this at: ato.gov.au
    For more information on the JobKeeper Payment visit: treasury.gov.au
    For Employers Factsheet visit: treasury.gov.au Employees Factsheet: treasury.gov.au
    To read the Prime Minister and Treasurer’s Media Statement: pm.gov.au

    For more information on the payments you can read Minister Robert’s media release: minister.servicesaustralia.gov.au

Update tighter social distancing measures enacted - Please act on that advice, it will help save lives.

  • Prime Minister's Media Statement: pm.gov.au
  • Along with these measures Tasmania, the NT, WA, Queensland and SA announced border closures. Anyone entering these States or Territory must self-isolate for 14 days. Please go here to find out more from the respective State or Territory:  australia.gov.au
  • For school closures (government and non-government) please refer to state and territory education authorities that can be found here: dese.gov.au.

Ensuring continued access to medicines during COVID-19

The Australian Government has approved a number of temporary changes to medicines regulation to ensure Australians can continue to access the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines they need, as the COVID-19 outbreak unfolds. We are also closely monitoring the impact of the pandemic on the supply of medicines, especially those manufactured overseas, so we can take early action to address any potential supply interruptions. New temporary measures will improve access to medicines, reduce the burden on GPs and support social distancing and self-isolation.

  • Continued dispensing arrangements for the ongoing supply PBS subsidised medicines without a prescription will be extended to 30 June 2020.
  • A home delivery service for PBS and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) medicines is now in place.
  • Ongoing work with pharmacists, GPs and the States and Territories to allow medicine substitution by the pharmacist in the event of a shortage.
  • Restrictions on the quantity of medicines that can be purchased to prevent unnecessary medicine stockpiling.These temporary changes will ensure Australians can access the medicines they need throughout the coronavirus outbreak. For more information you can go here: health.gov.au

For more information on Coronavirus and the Government’s response, please visit: treasury.gov.au/coronavirus or australia.gov.au


COVID-19 Business Support & Resources


Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA) - Update

The Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority provides essential Kerbside Waste Collection and Waste and Recycling Depot services to the community. FRWA have put a number of procedures in place to ensure that we can continue to provide these services throughout this time.

Our kerbside collection services continue as normal and our KI Resource & Recovery Centre remains open (Everyday from 9.30am to 4.30pm), but we encourage the community to only visit if needed and observe social distancing procedures.

We are no longer accepting cash payment at any of our sites; payment may be made by card or via an existing customer account only.

Please contact our customer service area between 8:30am and 4pm Monday to Friday on 8555 7405 or visit fleurieuregionalwasteauthority.com.au for regular updates on our services.