Rebekha Sharkie - Your Federal Member for Mayo
COVID-19: Important information
The World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The situation is changing rapidly.
In order to stay up to date with the latest information about the spread of this coronavirus and the steps being taken to slow the spread, head to health.gov.au
The South Australian Department of Health also has information.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency call 000 for urgent medical help.
Otherwise, you can call the 24-hour COVID-19 Triage Hot Line on 1800 020 080.
A Telehealth Consultant has been set up in the Adelaide Hills. Call 8393 1507 during business hours.
A testing clinic has been set up at the South Coast District Hospital in Victor Harbor. The clinic can be accessed via the Bay Road entrance near the pedestrian crossing.
Please do not present at the emergency department or the main entrance.
A testing clinic has also been set up near the Kangaroo Island Health Service in Kingscote.
Please do not present at 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, please phone the clinic on 8553 2037 during business hours or call the Hospital on 8553 4200 outside of business hours.
Medical authorities are being cautious with resources. You need to meet certain medical criteria before you will be tested.
Information about existing clinics and testing centres is available here.
In the meantime, what can you do?
Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus from spreading.
Good hygiene includes:
- covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
- disposing of tissues properly
- washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
- using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
- cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
- if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people
How does it affect our community?
On March 22 the Federal Government and the South Australian Government announced a suite of new measures to enforce social distancing. These measures include the banning of large gatherings, the closure of public and private facilities and new restrictions and self-isolation directives concerning residents travelling across state borders. Please visit the health.gov.au or sahealth.sa.gov.au websites for further information.
Councils across Mayo have information about local resources and lists of cancelled events:
How is the Government supporting the community financially?
The Government has introduced a $189 billion economic response to the pandemic.
The Government’s economic response targets three areas: