Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Moving Towards Recovery

Latest travel advice

From Friday, 5 June 2020, most regional travel restrictions have been removed. Travel is now permitted throughout all regions within WA, except for entry into remote Aboriginal communities.

Western Australians are encouraged to ‘Wander out Yonder' and take a different kind of holiday, enjoy a staycation in Perth or travel to new places, and seek out new experiences across the State.

Latest updates on travel restrictions can be found here.

Shire of Northam facilities

The Shire of Northam on advice from the State and Federal Governments, has found it necessary to close a number of our facilities. As restrictions are lifted, a number of these facilities will be reopened. All information regarding operational restrictions and changes in hours will be detailed below. Closed facilities can still be contacted by phone and email if necessary. 

Please note that although the Shire of Northam Administration Centre remains open, we respectfully request that any business able to be done online or via phone should be, in the interests of social distancing. If you are unable to complete your Shire or licensing business online, and need to visit the Shire of Northam Administration Centre, please be prepared to use tap-&-go instead of cash to assist us in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Open:

  • Shire of Northam Administration Centre (including licensing service)- where possible please try to do business online or via phone
  • Old Quarry Road Waste Management Facility
  • Inkpen Road Waste Management Facility
  • Northam Library (including Housebound service & Click & Collect) 
  • Wundowie Library (including Housebound service & Click & Collect) 
  • Killara Adult Day Care and Respite Centre (Respite only)- for more information, head to the Killara Page
  • Toilets:All public toilets
  • Playgrounds, Barbecues, and Water Fountains
  • Northam Visitor Centre
  • Bilya Koort Boodja Centre
  • Community Halls
  • Northam Recreation Centre (available for bookings- call for information)
  • Bakers Hill Recreation Centre (available for bookings- call for information)

Closed:

  • Northam Aquatic Facility
  • Wundowie Aquatic Facility
  • Northam Heritage Centre (Old Railway Station)
  • Morby Cottage
  • Create 298
  • Bernard Park Water Playground

As we are sure you can appreciate, Council will be reviewing this position regularly and will advise the community as changes occur. We have put a range of measures in place to manage potential risks in accordance with advice provided by the State and Federal Governments for facilities that remain open or have reopened. 

Please note that at some of these facilities, some restrictions on entry numbers and operations remain in place, and we ask for your patience as we work to get operations back to Normal levels as things progress.

Both social distancing and hygiene measures have been implemented in these sites, and government advice is being followed at all sites operated by the Shire of Northam.

Waste Management

All kerbside rubbish collection services are operating as usual. Refer to the Recycling and Waste Disposal Calendar for your collection day.

The Shire of Northam's Old Quarry Road and Inkpen Road Waste Management Facilities are operating as usual. Refer to the Waste Management Facilities page for opening hours.

Engineering & Works

Engineering and works services are operating as usual.

Ranger Services

Ranger services are operating as usual. Rangers can be contacted on (08) 9622 7267.

Cautious Easing of Restrictions

The Shire of Northam is assisting Community Groups, Places of Worship and other affected businesses with their recovery during the Coronavirus pandemic by making contact and supplying relevant information. Although the Shire is available to offer support, it is up to all organisations to seek out and fulfil their statutory obligations.

Phase 4- 27 June 2020

For full details and updates on the cautious easing of restrictions, read the information here.

Western Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions will be relaxed even further, as WA’s roadmap is updated to complete the removal of all restrictions.

Due to the world-leading response to COVID in WA, Phase 4 will start on Saturday, 27 June (11.59pm Friday, 26 June) and the following will apply: 

  • all existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule removed
  • gathering limits only determined by WA’s reduced 2sqm rule (unless otherwise determined by Public Building Regulations)
  • the 2sqm rule will only include staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons
  • removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premises
  • no requirement to maintain patron register at food businesses and licensed premises
  • alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements
  • all events permitted except for large scale, multi-stage music festivals
  • unseated performances permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs
  • gyms operating unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained

Western Australians must continue to keep up physical distancing where possible and maintain good personal hygiene to better protect themselves and the general health of our community.

WA businesses will be expected to ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented.

COVID Safety plans help mitigate the risk of COVID-19, are in line with health advice and provide extra confidence to patrons and staff entering the business premises.

Next phases

Depending on infection rates locally, Phase 5 is planned to be introduced on Saturday, 18 July (effective from 11.59pm Friday, 17 July) and will result in the removal of the 2sqm rule.

It is also expected to see the removal of all gathering restrictions, other COVID-related rules introduced by the WA Government, and the 50 per cent capacity limit for major venues.

Phase 6 was going to include the removal of WA’s hard border with the rest of the country and travel restrictions currently in place for remote Aboriginal communities. A tentative date for the removal of WA’s hard border was planned to be included as part of Phase 6, however, this was put on hold due to the rapidly evolving situation in Victoria.

When an indicative date is set in the future, it will be contingent on locally acquired infection rates in the eastern states.

The WA hard border will only be removed when the WA Chief Health Officer is confident the spread of infection is controlled in the eastern states.

Frequently Asked Questions

This link contains some very useful frequently asked questions (FAQs) which might clarify some potential confusion with the new requirements and easing of restrictions. 

General Business Advice

Please follow this link to general advice for all businesses from the State Government of Western Australia.

The Shire would like to remind all community groups, places of worship, organisations and businesses we are here to assist in this difficult time. By working together and taking all the necessary steps and precautions we can get as many people back operating as soon as possible. Should you have any questions relating to these requirement please do not hesitate to call Glenn Paddick on 9622 6100 or email records@northam.wa.gov.au as your query will be registered and sent to an officer to respond.

Advice for businesses regarding the easing of restrictions

Businesses across Western Australia will need to prepare a COVID Safety Plan before they re-open, to protect staff and customers. This information is also available in Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and ArabicFull advice for business can be found here. 

The WA Government has begun consulting with key stakeholders to develop COVID Safety Plans and Guidelines, information on which can be found here.

This includes consultation with the hospitality, community and cultural venues, and sport and recreation sectors.

From Saturday 27 June, the number of people permitted to gather will increase and additional businesses can reopen, as part of significant changes coming into effect in Phase 4 of the WA Roadmap.Find out information and details of the new WA Roadmap. Western Australia’s COVID Safety Guidelines for Phase 4 are being updated and will be available online before the Phase 4 starting date of Saturday 27 June.Premises that opened during Phase 3 should review the new guidelines and update their COVID Safety Plans where applicable. If a venue’s capacity is increased it should be reflected on the updated COVID Safety Plan Certificate.

Industry-specific information is available for those in the following sectors:

On this page you will find information on:

The Shire can also assist with providing electronic copies or print outs for signage for handwashing, social distancing, and temperature control, amongst others. Should you like to obtain any of these please do not hesitate to request this information.  

The Shire would like to remind all businesses that we are here to assist you and your business in this difficult time. By working together and taking all the necessary steps and precautions we can get as many businesses back up and running for the community as possible. As things change and progress, Shire officers will come and visit your premises to talk with you and discuss any of your concerns. Should you have any questions relating to your business, please do not hesitate to Carmen Sadlier or Shane McRedmond on 9622 6100 or email records@northam.wa.gov.au where your query will be registered and sent to an officer to respond.

Advice in other languages can be found here.

Financial Assistance Available

Business Support Grant Scheme

The Shire of Northam is committed to assisting our local business community stay afloat during COVID-19. In addition to a number of other measures, we have now launched our Business Support Grants Scheme.
 
The Business Support Grant Scheme for business and non-profit organisations include:
- Up to $1,000 for financial planning advice
- Up to $2,000 for training and professional development
- Up to $2,000 for individual businesses and up to $10,000 for collaborative solutions, for investing in online and e-commerce activities
- Up to $5,000 for increasing business opportunity and sustainability
- Up to $10,000 for capital works projects, including preparation for upcoming Council projects, (matching dollar-for-dollar) to adapt to changing conditions
Lotterywest COVID-19 relief fund

A $159 million COVID-19 Relief Fund has been set up to provide support to organisations that are helping people experiencing hardship.

An initial $59 million will be available for crisis and emergency relief support for eligible not for-profit and community organisations. It will assist with costs related to increased demand for food, clothing, shelter and other critical needs.

This funding will also provide urgent financial relief for not-for-profit sports, arts and community organisations experiencing hardship as a result of cancelled events.

It will compensate for cancellation costs, lost revenue and incurred or committed operational costs associated with the cancelled event.

Additionally, from now on every profit Lotterywest makes from jackpots, draws and tickets, excluding statutory grants - will go directly into a newly created COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Eligible not-for-profit organisations and community groups can apply immediately for grant support by visiting their website or by calling 133 777.

Actions we are taking in relation to COVID-19

The Shire of Northam is taking expert advice from the Western Australian and Federal Governments, which are guiding the decision making of Council.

The Shire of Northam has activated its Business Continuity Plan (BCP), to ensure that we are able to provide the required services and facilities to our community. The coordination of the BCP is being undertaken by our Chief Executive Officer, who has established COVID-19 response team.

The Shire of Northam has also coordinated its Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC). This Committee includes key agencies within our Shire to promote a coordinated approach to managing this pandemic crisis and then leading our community through the recovery process. Our LEMC includes representatives from a  variety of health organisations, police, emergency services, community and social services.

We are currently working on a range of initiatives to support the community through this pandemic, as well as initiatives to aid community recovery. These initiatives will be focus on a range of areas including, social, financial & economical. Details will be provided to the community once these initiatives are finalised.

Shire of Northam | Latest News

Shire of Northam COVID-19 Information Sheet

Shire of Northam COVID-19 Community Support / Government Support Available

From the Shire President

We are in a very challenging environment with a great deal of uncertainty. Our commitment to the Shire of Northam community is that we will keep you informed as to the decisions we are making, actions we are taking and information we are provided relating to this challenging issue. In saying this, our overall message to our community is to remain calm, source information from factual sources (provided above) and make informed decisions. We are also imploring our community to think of others, particularly those vulnerable people in our community. Please treat each other with respect in this difficult time and we appeal to all our residents to please refrain from panic buying, this does not help anyone and serves only to increase the anxiety for some of our most vulnerable community members.

Also to our medical professionals, on behalf of the community – thank you for all you are doing in what must be very trying circumstances – your community appreciates you.

We would also like to implore our community to use this time as an opportunity to support our local businesses. They will be doing it very tough now and for the foreseeable future, so please let’s all focus on ‘buying local’ and doing all we can to ensure we have a small business sector in the future.

As your representatives, the Northam Shire Council is doing everything in our power to play our role in leading you through this pandemic. We will be releasing more details around the strategies and initiatives we are planning over ensuing weeks.

Cr Chris Antonio

Shire President

Shire of Northam

For more updates from Cr Antonio, head to his video updates page

COVIDSafe App

The WA Government is encouraging residents to download the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app.

Downloading the app is voluntary, but it is highly recommended by the Chief Medical Officer. It will help keep our community safe and ensure we can get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Reasons to use the app:

- It makes contact tracing faster and more thorough, which is vitally important in the fight against COVID-19.
- It will notify you if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (and is also using the app).
- It will allow health officials to contact you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

All information is stored locally on your phone and any other access or use of the data will be a criminal offence.

Once the pandemic is over and the app is no longer needed, the app and all its data will be deleted permanently.
You can download the app, or find out more by heading to https://covidsafe.gov.au/

Local Support

These are difficult times for all of us, but we also understand that there are some people in our community that may be really struggling and could do with some extra help. The Shire of Northam is working with our local community service providers and as a team we are doing our best to ensure those who need additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic are able to access it. 

Information on local support services, as well as state and national online support and phone hotlines are available here

We have several other initiatives in development to support our community, please check back here for the most update information on obtaining and giving support during these unprecedented times.

We are all in this together, and ensuring that our community is supported is our highest priority. As such, we have developed a COVID-19 Virus Response Strategy, which we will be reviewing regularly, and using to guide our actions as we head towards recovery. 

COVID-19 Local Community Support Hotline

If you are confused by COVID-19 and where to turn to for help, the Shire has established a local community support telephone hotline. The number to call is 6608 0613. The telephone operator will be there to help connect you to the right service.

The telephone hotline will be available during the hours of 8.00am – 5.00pm (Monday-Friday)

Neighbourhood Assistance

Through our neighbourhood assistance program we are connecting the elderly and vulnerable who are in need of help with those who are able to provide it.

If you need help click here to fill in the form

If you are able to provide help click here

Alternatively call 6608 0613 to register.

Whilst we are working hard to ensure we reach all vulnerable members of our community, you can help help by reaching out to your own neighbours by printing our neighbourhood assistance cards and dropping them off to your neighbours (being careful to observe social distancing and practising good hygiene).  

If you live locally and are in need of support, the below guide has a number of community organisations who may be able to assist

Community Support in the Shire of Northam

Important Community Information

What can I do in the Shire of Northam?

Head to our things to do page for a list of activities you can participate in safely while social distancing. This list is updated regularly, and contains activities for the whole family. Information can be found above for community and sporting groups. 

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People

A message from the Northam Ballardong Elders on behalf of the Shire of Northam Nyoongar Cultural Advisory Committee:

To keep our mob safe we all need to do our bit to stop coronavirus from spreading through our community. Please listen to the government health messages and follow them.

The best thing you can do to keep safe is stay home!

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50, are at greater risk of getting seriously ill with COVID-19. Unfortunately many of our mob have other health conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease, which puts them at high risk.

If you’re an Elder or suffer with serious health conditions stay home!

The rest of you can help keep us all safe by:

  • Staying home as much as possible
  • Staying home if you are feeling unwell
  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least 1.5-2m away from others
  • Wash your hands often, with soap & water or hand sanitiser
  • Cover your coughs & sneezes with a tissue or elbow & wash your hands straight away
  • Put your used tissues in the bin as soon as possible
  • Keep surfaces clean by disinfecting them regularly e.g. benchtops, door handles
  • Avoid travelling to different towns and cities
  • Self-isolate if you have recently travelled to a different state or country or have been in contact with someone with coronavirus.

If you have any of the following symptoms call a doctor and tell them about your symptoms and tell them if you’ve had any contact with people with COVID-19.

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • A sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing

General COVID-19 health advice can be obtained on 1800 020 080. If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing call 000, ask for an ambulance and tell them if you’ve had any contact with anyone with COVID-19 

Signed: Deborah Moody, Pat Davis, Yvonne Kickett, Janet Kickett, Joan Parfitt, Kathy Davis, Kevin Stack, Claire McGuire, Maria Nickels.

Aboriginal Health Council of WA resources

COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID-19 Prevention

The Government of Western Australia Department of Health has also issued a Guide for Funerals & Sorry Business

Looking after your mental health

Think! Mental Health

The new Think Mental Health Campaign Be Positive. Be Connected. Be Active was recently launched. Campaign material can be downloaded directly by visiting the Think Mental Health website. The campaign, will focus on self-care and wellbeing strategies; provide normalisation messages about fear and anxiety; and ways people can support others and seek professional support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The key message of the campaign is: ‘Be positive, connected and active to protect your mental health and wellbeing’. The target group for the campaign is all Western Australian adults. The Think! Mental Health website also has a new section that provides dedicated information on mental health and COVID-19. 

Alcohol.Think Again

A new Alcohol.Think Again campaign is also being developed in response to COVID-19. To support this campaign, new content is live on the Alcohol.Think Again website that provides tips to reduce drinking in the home

Strong Spirit Strong Mind

The Strong Spirit Strong Mind website now also includes information related to COVID-19 symptoms and stopping the spread 

Disability Assistance

Do you have a question about coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do you need help because things have changed?

You can contact the Disability Information Helpline to talk about your concerns in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19), for example if:

  • your support worker has not turned up
  • your provider has stopped services
  • it’s hard for you to get food, groceries, medications or other essential items
  • someone close to you has symptoms of coronavirus
  • you are feeling really upset
  • anything else is worrying you.

To contact the Disability Information Helpline, please call 1800 643 787.

The Helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). It’s not available on national public holidays.

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can call the National Relay Service on 133 677.

If you require support in another language you can use the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) free of charge by:

  • calling the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787 and asking for an interpreter. The counsellor will make the arrangements, or
  • calling TIS on 131 450 and asking to be connected to the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787.

The Disability Information Helpline is free, private and fact-checked.

The Disability Information Helpline is funded by the Australian Government.

For more information about the Disability Information Helpline, including Easy Read and Auslan resources about coronavirus, visit www.dss.gov.au/disabilityhelp.

The WA Government is working with other government and community services agencies to ensure people with a disability, their families and carers continue to receive the support they need.

Who to contact for help

  • If you receive services from a disability provider, contact your provider if you require additional support as a result of COVID-19 coronavirus.
  • If you are connected to the Department of Communities, call (08) 6167 8000 or 1800 998 214 for assistance. 
  • If you are connected to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), call 1800 800 110.
  • If you have been instructed to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 coronavirus and need assistance with accommodation, food and/or other essential items, you can call the Disaster Response Hotline on 1800 032 965. An essential shopping and delivery service will also be provided from 20 April. See information under Cahoots Connect for more.

Cahoots Connects

From 20 April, an essential shopping and delivery service called Cahoots Connects will be provided to support individuals isolated in their homes.

The service will be provided by non-profit organisation Cahoots in partnership with the Department of Communities, National Disability Services, suppliers and retail partners, including supermarkets and pharmacies.

For more information visit Cahoots’ website or call 1300 103 880.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Measures have been introduced to support NDIS participants and providers during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including:

  • extending NDIS plans
  • proactive outreach to high risk participants
  • giving financial assistance to providers such as advance payments

For more information visit the NDIS website.

Accessing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

New information for how disability service providers can access PPE has been published by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and is available on the Commission’s website.

Important Business Information

What is the Shire of Northam doing for local business?

We will be working with the Northam Chamber of Commerce and the Wheatbelt Business Network to identify possible initiatives that can be taken to support our local businesses. We would ask that our community supports local business as much as they can in this time.

The Shire of Northam is currently in contact with food businesses to assist them with the mandatory closures of dining areas and transitioning many of these businesses over to providing takeaway and delivery of food services. The Shire of Northam Environmental Health Officers are supporting these businesses with additional sanitary procedures and staff hygiene requirements to ensure these services continue in a safe manner.

Staff are also developing a communication network with local businesses to assist them through these unchartered waters. If you own a business in the Shire of Northam, please join our Facebook group to communicate directly with us during this time. Please ensure you answer the questions upon joining to allow us to accept you as quickly as possible. 

The Shire has reviewed its purchasing procedures and policies to ensure where possible all Shire purchases stimulate the local economy.

What assistance is available to my business?

The Australian Government announced a $17.6 billion stimulus package. Consider whether you are eligible for any of the targeted subsidies and payments. More information available here www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/blog/coronavirus-stimulus-package-small-business

The WA Government has also announced $114 million to support businesses, particularly those with a payroll between $1 million and $4 million. More information here www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/blog/wa-coronavirus-relief-package

Also take a look at the webinar offerings of the Small Business Development Corporation. These are all free and tailored specifically to dealing with the impact of the coronavirus. https://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/blog/workshop-schedule 

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry has a series of valuable information about business continuity, protecting staff, working from home, travel, and communication. For more information visit https://covid19.cciwa.com/

Economic Development Australia also has numerous up-to-date resources about business resilience. For more information visit www.edaustralia.com.au/economic-recovery-hub/coronavirus-recovery-hub/

The Small Business Development Corporation has developed a practical checklist to help businesses manage the impact of COVID-19. For tips to keep your business going go to https://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au/blog/keep-your-business-going-during-covid-19-pandemic.

I'm already in financial hardship, who can I talk to?

Financial Counselling Australia is a great resource for financial hardship and business difficulties. Feel free to contact them here www.financialcounsellingaustralia.org.au/ 

COVID-19 Health Information

The Shire of Northam strongly encourages residents and organisations who have questions about the COVID19 virus to attain this from one of the following sources;

Western Australian Government - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information for Community & Businesses

Department of Health (Federal) - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Department of Health (State) - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

HealthyWA - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cautious Easing of Restrictions- FAQ's

Coronavirus Health Information Hotline - 1800 020 080

COVID-19 Enquiries Line - 13COVID (132 68 43)

An enquiries line to keep the community informed about COVID-19 coronavirus has been launched.
 
By dialling 13COVID (132 68 43), Western Australians will have access to the latest information regarding the impact of the virus in WA.
 
As well as hearing important COVID-19 prevention tips, callers are given a range of options directing them to the relevant sources of information for their needs.
 
In terms of health, this includes information for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, those in self-isolation, or calling as health practitioners.
 
Options also include information on impacts for families, businesses, schools and health care providers, and up-to-date advice on restrictions to travel and public gatherings.
 
The hotline will operate seven days a week, from 7am to 10pm.

Are there any cases locally?

Although a majority of the COVID-19 response is coordinated at a state government level, the Shire of Northam will be assisting with this response, and will be working hard to keep you informed of the pandemic as it progresses. The first COVID-19 case in the Shire of Northam has been confirmed via the Department of Health Western Australia, which is information freely available to the public. Please note that this information is updated almost daily and you can check back in to see how Western Australia is progressing alongside the other states.

The affected COVID-19 person(s) in Western Australia are monitored very closely by the state public health staff to ensure they have the necessities to stay at home. The Police are issued daily with a list of persons under mandatory self-isolation, and are conducting checks around the clock. Most incoming cases are now from overseas, and are required to self-isolate in the city in specialised accommodation; an initiative by the state to keep everyone safe.

The Shire would like to reiterate that staying calm and following the recommend social distancing (keeping 1.5m-2.0m apart) and hygiene guidance (regular handwashing, not touching your face, staying home if you are sick or seek the correct medical advice) is the best possible thing to do. Please check on any vulnerable neighbours, friends, and family (in a responsible social distancing manner) and most importantly, be kind to one another.

It is imperative that we all take a sensible approach to our future activities, whether it be for work, family, or social reasons, and if in doubt feel free to ask questions or seek additional information. The Shire has a dedicated COVID-19 hotline (6608 0613) to put you in touch with support services. The state government also has a dedicated 13COVID (13 26843) hotline.

This information is subject to change, and access to specific information is not available to the Shire of Northam, or to the general public at this time. Access to information regarding which local government regions have confirmed cases can be found on the Department of Health's website

How can I protect myself and others?

The Department of Health advises the most effective way to mitigate the risk of contracting Coronavirus is to practice good hygiene.

  • stay at home if you are unwell
  • practise social distancing
  • avoid gatherings
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, or hand sanitiser
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your inner elbow
  • if you have arrived from overseas, you will need to self isolate for 14 days.

The community should call the Police on 131 444 to report people who should be self-isolating and are not.

What is social distancing and why is it important? 

Social distancing includes ways to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between you and other people. Social distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

  • Direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared;
  • Close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or
  • Touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

So, the more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread. 

Department of Health - Social Distancing Information Sheet

How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 can be spread from person-to-person.

This can happen when a person comes into contact with the respiratory secretions of an infected person, for example through coughing or sneezing.

Spread of this coronavirus from person-to-person is usually between close contacts. Close contacts are those people who have been face-to-face with a person infected with the virus for at least 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours with an infected person.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 and who is most at risk?

Coronavirus can cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Affected people may experience:

  • fever
  • flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches
  • difficulty breathing.

Some people may be at higher risk of infection, such as people who have other illnesses that suppress the immune system or make them more vulnerable to respiratory disease. This includes people with lung disease or diabetes, those who have suppressed immune systems, and the elderly.

COVID-19 Testing

You may be tested if you:

  • present with a fever of 38°C or above
  • have a history of a fever in the last few days
    or
  • have an acute respiratory infection, e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat etc.

There are COVID Clinics operating at:

  • hospital sites across the metropolitan area
  • Bunbury Health Campus
  • Broome Hospital
  • 11 private pathology collection centres across the metropolitan area (GP referral required)
  • several respiratory clinics in the metropolitan area, Halls Head, Geraldton and Albany.

COVID-19 testing clinic locations

What is self-isolation and who should self-isolate?

Self-isolation

Self-isolation is required for confirmed AND suspected cases of COVID-19, and those returning to WA. This means you must stay in your home, hotel room, or other accommodation even if you are perfectly well with no symptoms. The only time you should leave your home/accommodation is to seek medical attention. When you are in self-isolation you cannot attend public places such as work, school, shopping centres, or go on a holiday.

Where can I find more information? 

The full self-isolation fact sheet can be found here

You must stay in your place of isolation and not go out, except to seek medical care, for the length of time as advised by your doctor or public health unit.

Self-isolation is important for protecting your family, friends and the Western Australian community.  

Medical certificates are not required for people who need to self-isolate.

The community should call the Police on 131 444 to report people who should be self-isolating and are not.

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