Woden Community Service is planning carefully and monitoring closely the potential impact of COVID-19 on our clients and our staff. We continue to observe the regular updates from ACT Health and ensure safe practices for all staff and clients.
We are reviewing on a daily basis which activities we can continue to operate and those we may need to cease. If we do cease activities we will ensure we have other mechanisms to support the people we work with and in particular those who are most vulnerable.
WCS is following the advice of the ACT Health Directorate and closely monitoring the situation to ensure that all the service we provide remain safe and are of the highest standard.
The ACT Health Directorate is taking a highly precautionary approach to managing the spread of COVID-19, which is in line with the latest national health advice.
Anyone who has returned to Australia from mainland China, Iran, Italy and South Korea, including transit through these countries, must self-quarantine at home for 14 days from the date they left the country and closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
The list of high-risk countries is regularly reviewed and updated by ACT Health.
Australians travelling overseas are encouraged to regularly review the Smartraveller website and subscribe for updates.
Ban on non-essential mass gatherings
On 13 March 2020, the Australian Government advised that non-essential, organised gatherings of 500 people or more should be suspended as of Monday 16 March 2020, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
As of 13 March, this ban does not apply to schools, universities, airports or related gatherings but due to the changing nature of the virus, this is subject to change.
What should you do if you have symptoms of COVID-19?
The risk of coming into contact with the virus in the ACT remains very low at this time (13 March 2020).
If you are concerned you or your family may have been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19, it’s important you limit exposure to other people to limit the risk of transmission. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever and respiratory symptoms, including cough, sore throat and shortness of breath.
Call your GP in the first instance. By calling your GP before arriving they can take appropriate infection control measures. Testing will be arranged by your medical practitioner if they determine it is necessary.
The ACT’s walk-in centres are available to assess individuals who are concerned that they have COVID-19. The preferred walk-in centre for assessment is the Weston Creek walk-in centre at 24 Parkinson Street, Weston. However, if you attend a different walk-in centre you will be seen. Masks and hand sanitiser are available at the front door of the Walk-in Centre. Please put on a mask and sanitise your hands before entering.
If you have any questions about COVID-19 visit health.act.gov.au to read the latest information from the ACT Health Officer. You can also call the coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How can I avoid getting infected?
The risk of getting COVID-19 in the ACT is currently low, but the virus can spread from person-to-person. You can avoid catching or spreading germs by practising good hygiene. It’s the best way to prevent spread of the virus.
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water, before eating and after using the toilet
- Avoid close contact with others
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or directly into a tissue and throw the tissue in a bin.
- Coronavirus Health Information Line (24 hours, seven days a week) 1800 020 080
- National Health Alert: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
- ACT Health Alert: https://health.act.gov.au/public-health-alert/updated-information-about-covid-19
- Weston Creek Walk-in Centre: https://health.act.gov.au/hospitals-and-health-centres/walk-centres/locations
- Smart Traveller Website: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19
- List of high risk countries: https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-covid-19-countries.htm