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 national 24-hour COVID-19 Triage Hot Line on 1800 020 080 or the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787.
A COVID-19 testing clinic operates 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, from the Mount Barker Hospital's Community Health Day Care Centre in the Wunderlea Building.
The clinics are designed for patients who have coronavirus symptoms and meet testing criteria. Those presenting to the clinic are asked to use Gate 3 at the Mount Barker Hospital and to park in the marked carparks nearby to ensure ambulances can access the emergency entrance.
For after hours inquiries, call the Mount Barker Hospital Emergency Department on 8393 1777 for instructions.
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 may 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
Mental health support
It’s normal to feel stress and worry when there is a health event happening in the community that is affecting people’s wellbeing. For information on coping and mental health support see the SA Health Mental Health information for the community fact sheet (PDF 292KB)(opens in a new window).
For mental health support by phone and video in relation to COVID-19, you can contact the SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line by calling 1800 632 753, available 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, 7 days a week.
Lifeline also provides 24-hour support by calling 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Beyond Blue also has a Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support online service and hotline 1800 512 348
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: